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Old 02.05.2011, 18:02
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Kids -To facebook or not to facebook?

Hi All,

Just wondering what others think about kids being on facebook. I'm personally not on facebook and wish to remain so for as long as possible but my 11 year old has been nagging me to allow him to get on facebook. My initial reaction was 'no way'! Even after he told me all his class is on facebook and it's the way they all talk to each other nowadays. He says no-one sends texts anymore as they're too busy chatting on facebook. He's basically feeling left out and not enjoying the daily pressure from his friends to sign up. I'm leaning towards letting him have an account with the most stringent rules applied after a colleague of mine basically said this is what young people today are growing up with. Even e-mail is almost archaic as far as they are concerned. I'm also sensitive to the fact that he has asked rather than just trying to set it up himself. Really would like to know what others (even if you are not a parent) think. Is it reasonable for an 11 year old to have a facebook account? We (ie. the family) don't need it to keep in touch with relatives. It's purely for socialising with his school friends who he more or less sees every school day. Constructive feedback and opinions are appreciated.
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