No – really. We’ve entered uncharted child territory and I need the help of those of you out there who have children that are older than mine.
My beloved 10 year old proclaimed on Sunday that he would like a face book account.
*insert cringe here*
For the record, I don’t even have a facebook account! And its not that I’m completely behind on the tech scene or that I’m opposed to facebook as a whole, we’ve just decided that so far, for us as a family, it opens up too many things that are unnecessary without any imminent benefits.
For example, I don’t feel the need to reconnect with people from my distant past. The people that I want to be in contact with – I am! But as a married couple we also don’t need the temptation of finding out what old boyfriends or girlfriends are up to. We simply decided to not open that up as even a possibility. And we don’t feel any lack because of it. So we’ve just easily passed it by, thus far.
Now where children are concerned the dangers terrify me. I’m not overly concerned with online stalkers though I’m not naive to it either. What concerns me more are the pop-up ads for some diet drink that host a bikini clad girl! What 10 year old boys eyes (or 30 year olds, for that matter!) wouldn’t be drawn to that?
So while I don’t want to be unreasonable and down the idea altogether I also don’t want to just open the flood gates and let him dive in!
What have you done with your children? What have you read on the issue? Please feel free to offer any sort of advice or knowledge you may have!