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Shame on Facebook

August 16, 2012

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As a parent I realize that we have a great deal of responsiblity and obligation to make sure we are doing the best job we can in raising our children. With the advent of the internet parents are faced with a whole new set of challenges that a generation ago we did not know.

While I’m a huge fan of technology I also realize that there is a lot on the web which is not age appropriate. Facebook is one of them. Yes, I can hear it now, “but it’s the greatest social engineering tool to allow mankind to communicate with one another since the invention of the telephone.” That may be true but even Facebook has an age restriction prolicy indicating that no one under the age of 13 is allowed to open an account. Wonderfull. The problem with this is that a child under the age of 13 can lie about their age and establish an account. So Facebook’s lawyers have done a great job in dealing with the obvious. What I don’t understand is why this wonderful technology company has not been able to implement additional safeguards.

Upon discovering that my 12 year old daughter had opened an account I found out that half her grade was on facebook which made me wonder how many children under the age of 13 are on Facebook. I don’t have to tell all you parents how many child predators and deviant individuals exist in this world. It doesn’t even have to be a predator. I saw where one of the girls in my daughters group was connected to a 35 year old businessman who thought the girl was 27. In reality she was 12.

If Mark Zuckerberg could come up with such a wonderful tool you can’t tell me that he and his tech wizards weren’t able to find a way to police Facebook for inappropriate behavior or accounts that were opened by underaged kids. All you have to do is look at the pictures of some of these kids who say they are 32.

What makes matters worse is that when I went to delete my daughters profile Facebook makes it real easy to reactivate the account. I literally had to change the password on my daughters account to make sure she couldn’t reactivate it. Come on Facebook you should be working with us parents.

i realize that Facebook has some safeguards in place but that is assuming you know what your kid is doing 24/7 which is not going to be the case with anyone.

As a parent I try very hard to do the best job I can to raise my children; to teach them right from wrong; but I also know there will alawys be curiosity as a child grows. After all I remember what it was to be 12 and 13.

All I’m asking on behalf of all parents is for Facebook to help us out a little bit.

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