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Should you let your teenager have a Facebook page?

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Social Media is all around us, and many kids have a Facebook page before they are legally allowed one! Should you let your teenager have a Facebook page?

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I think it's inevitable that teenagers will have a Facebook page. You'd probably cause them a bit of social isolation without one. I think a better way to approach the issue is to consider what restrictions you'll put on its use. For example, they can only access it on their phone/iPad/computer after homework/chores are done and not when spending time with family. It's also necessary to educate them on the risks of putting certain information online and that they need to be careful what they say and the images they post, particularly because people can be a lot crueler when hiding behind a keyboard.
Social Media is the new communication tool. If your teenager wants to have a Facebook page it is a good idea to also be part of that. Also having access to the page should be part of that agreement, so that you can handle any difficult areas such as bully or people outside of their friends circle wanting to be friends.
I think teenagers should be given the option to have a FB account. If you don't be part of that, they will open one without involving you in the picture. It is also good to create rules and regulations that go along with that to ensure safety on the net.
Yes - I've heard a number of teens complain that they missed out on things because all the invites are done on FB (my 20 year old niece took herself off FB for 3 months, cos she decided she was using it too much, but went back on because she was missing invitations!)
That said, I'd friend them (but NEVER comment) and I'd talk about what photos were ok, and whether issues came up with discussions.
I wonder whether Facebook will even still be around by the time my kids are teenagers! Hmm... I hear some parents let their kids have Facebook pages on the condition that they can monitor them. That seems reasonable.
Yes, it is part of their journey of self discovery.
Before they are allowed one!

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There are reasons 'why' one is not to have it before a certain age.
Surely it's inevitable. No matter how much you try to protect your children, once they're at school, or with friends who have Facebook accounts, they're going to want to create their own, and in time, will.
I would certainly warn my children of the dangers associated to social media websites (especially since nothing on the web is 'private' and is recorded). I would also ask them the reasons why they want to be on facebook and for them to justify its use. I would also negotiate the limits of usage if they could convince me that they really do need to be on it. I personally don't like FB.
That is a tricky one because a Facebook page can expose teenagers to a number of things they are not ready for. There are many people that pretend they are someone and lure kids into believing the fictitious character. Life Skills help you with asking certain questions and to know not to meet them when they ask you too. Further, a parent should become involved in the page and have access to it to ensure that it is used appropriately. If the teenager signs off on knowing the dangers then it should be okay.
Yes but talk to them about meeting strangers and giving out too many personal information.
Only once they are 13, the legal age for a Facebook page. Then, only once I have explained the dangers of befriending strangers on Facebook and on the condition that I am on their "friends" list.
No I dont think so.
A teenager is old enough to have a Facebook page if properly monitored. They have to grow up some time.
Yes but on conditions that homework and chores will be completed or the account closed. Also join in with them, befriend them and also have access to their login details so that you can keep an eye out for them.
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