Does letting a child have a Facebook account before they are 13 (the age you must be, according to Facebook) teach them that it is okay to lie?
No, but parents should monitor closely to teach the child
By thirteen, they!re already part that
Besides Facebook, who decided that 13 is the proper age to have a personal account?
Bad idea parents. Bad idea.
Teaches them that the rules don't apply to them.
Yes, it also teaches them that they don't have to follow the rules and that they can do what they want regardless of said rules.
No, it shows some stupid rules can be broken with impunity.
So is it not okay to check that you've read the terms & conditions to a website even when you haven't?
Some of us do read the 'terms and conditions' xD
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Also teaches them how to be a narcissist. Some parents you just have to shake your head at. How someone could let their baby have a Facebook account, is beyond my comprehension. Its like ringing the dinner bell for predators.
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Not only teaching that it's ok to lie, but also teaches that "the rules don't apply to us."
Yes. There is no need for a child younger than 13 to have a facebook anyway.
Sure it does and yes it's ok sometimes. It's not ok to teach them to blindly follow the rules and not ever question the "why". Teach them to make good judgement calls on what rules should be followed and what should be challenged.
I totally agree you don't want them to blindly follow the rules or authority too.
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Forget lying. It violates COPPA, which is federal law, and the reason Facebook doesn't grant accounts to children under 13.
Yes, and it is okay to lie in certain situations, you just have to know when it is appropriate.
I'd like to think it will teach them that so many of the rules and restrictions they face are arbitrary and pointless, therefore they should be able to make their own decisions about their own activities.
That's true. But at what age do they decide these things?
These things is way too broad to answer with specific age ranges, but generally speaking about making their own decisions about their own actions: my answer is when they feel ready for it. Of course parents get to step in and say no, if there's a
legitimate and/or specific reason. Neither am I saying every kid should get to do anything at any time. When they decide they're capable/ready to do something they aren't allowed to do yet, they should get to (again unless its clearly harmful).
Going on Facebook when you're 9 is completely useless, but it's not harmful either. And since that site, specifically, lets you choose who gets to see what info it's a perfect opportunity to teach a kid about Internet safety. At some point they
They will be using the Internet without supervision, so it's far better to influence their knowledge and behavior while you can. And this concept applies to most things, not just Facebook; movies, books, music, games, sports, clubs, etc.
This is exactly why my kids do not get to sign up for Facebook (or similar sites with age restrictions) prior to their 13th birthday. Yes, a lot of people do it, but that doesn't make it right.
How can this possibly be no, it is lying, the kid knows it's lying, and you're telling him it's ok. The only way I can see it as no is that lying is bad and if I'm doing it then it must not be lying.
Hmm, that's an interesting question.
I'd have to say yes. You'd have to lie to join the site of you're under 13 and they don't allow those under 13 to join.
It doesn't TEACH them to lie.
Maybe I'm confused
I didn't say does it teach them to lie? I said does it teach them it is okay to lie?
Before they're 13.. Wow I'm sorry.. Misread the question!
No problem. :)
I voted yes, but think that its important we teach our kids when is appropriate to lie and when isn't. I compare it to when your child goes through the stage of telling things (and people) how they are and you have to explain what is appropriate and
What isn't.. It's not appropriate to call somebody fat, even if they are, etc.
I agree. It's tough. My daughter is 3, so we talk about honesty and how she should always tell us the truth. But then the other day she said "mommy you have a big fat belly!" This is true (and her fault, in part, haha) but I tried to explain that it
isn't nice to say. But she's like, "it's true!"
It can be very tricky. :)
Aww, I'm sorry. They're so cute, but harsh at times.
No, everyone lies on the Internet
And lots of couple cheats. Is that okay, too? Just because others do it, it's alright?
I think you misspelled "yes"?
like someone else said, Lying on the Internet is a whole lot different than lying to a parent and etc. "Did you read all terms and conditions and do you accept?"
Colorado.. Saying Yes to the 76 pages on terms and conditions isn't lying ABOUT yourself.
Saying you're an age when you aren't. Saying you look this way and you don't is lying about yourself.
There's a difference
Ok. "Hey girl, whats your address?" "Well I'm not supposed to lie on the Internet so it's 123 Main St 12345 NY"
I'm not saying its wrong to lie.
You were just comparing it to the terms and conditions lie.
Those are different.
Exactly. There are ok times to lie and not ok times to lie. You have to teach your kids the difference. I would consider lying about age on the Internet an ok lie
You're not understanding me!
You don't say anything!! If someone asks you where you live, don't answer them.
It's not wrong to lie, however, it's not right.
I said no. I just think there is a big difference between lying to a website so you can participate on it and lying to parents friends teachers etc and I will be explaining that to my son when he gets older/in a similar situation
I agree there is a difference. But the idea of "so you can participate in it" could apply to lots of things, couldn't it? "It's okay to lie to your mom so you can hang out with your friends."
Kind of seems like it almost says it's okay to lie if
it means you'll get what you want."
Somewhat playing devil's advocate here.
I think the biggest issue here is making it known to the child that there is in face a difference. If you don't show them the difference and explain to them why there is a difference then it could get iffy. I hope I can explain to my son that lying
To me is unacceptable and will be punished.
Fact* not face lol
I should also point out that I think there is no need for a 9 year old to have a Facebook, but if the parent is ok then whatever it's their choice. I just don't view it as teaching your kid or telling your kid it's ok to lie.
If you said no, could you explain? If my niece is 9 and wants a Facebook account, and her parents allow her to sign up for one, she has to lie about her birthdate and lie when she agrees to the terms of service. How are her parents not essentially
saying it is okay to lie, if they allow her to create an account using falsified info, or create an account for her?
When I was a kid, I signed up for a neopets account online. I started to read all of the terms and conditions because I didn't want to lie and say that I read them when I didn't. My mom told me I didn't actually have to read it.
Was that wrong?
I love neopets... I still have an account lol sssshhhh :)
I do too, though I can't access it because I forget the email I used ;)
I see it as closer to the terms and conditions example. But I don't think it's quite right for a 9 year old to have a Facebook, it's not like you can put parental controls on your kids account :/
That seems a little different to me. But I'm honestly not sure why it does. Good point.
Rosebud, I agree. There are a LOT of reasons I don't think a child needs a Facebook account (my niece actually had one at 7...) but this is one aspect I was curious about.
At 7? Goodness! I've got one for my 2 year old (and now sisters added on), but that's because I don't want to be friends with my in-laws but wasn't them to be able to see updates and pictures I'm already posting. They wouldn't be allowed to actually use one until at least junior high (12-13).
Neopets was & is the best!