When should kids get a Facebook account?

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When should kids get a Facebook account?

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Your child should really be an older teen, perhaps a Junior in high school, before they have a Facebook account. Even if Facebook lowered the age restrictions from 13 to younger, at the end of the day, the content and culture inside Facebook would never be rated P or PG. Kids need the opportunity, first, how to use social networking safely and responsibly. They need to understand that it's not okay, no matter what the social networking, to provide your first name, last name, date of birth, IM, email address, your exact physical location. All of those things put our kids and us at risk. After your kids have had the opportunity to show you that they can use the social media for kids and teens responsibly, let them graduate to a Facebook, with your involvement. Then they can show you they can use a great service responsibly.

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Mary Kay Hoal

Family Internet Safety Expert

Mary Kay Hoal is a nationally recognized expert on children’s online safety. She is the founder and president of Yoursphere Media Inc., which focuses on the family and publishes the kids’ social network Yoursphere.com. Mary Kay also offers parents Internet-safety information and tips at YoursphereForParents.com. She has been profiled on CNN, Fox & Friends, FOX Business, E!, Lifetime TV, ABC News Now, and The Reader's Digest. Mary Kay is also part of the "Web Avenger" team for ABC's 20/20.

In 2012, Mary Kay founded The Yoursphere Media Foundation and Coalition for Internet Safety Education and Reform (FCISER), which is dedicated to creating a network of community educators that provide children, their parents, schools and communities, with the necessary skills, knowledge and tools they need to have a positive and safer digital experience.

Mary Kay has also been published on sites such as DrLaura.com, Yahoo! Shine and ABC News where she's able to reach millions of parents. 

 

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