Would you pay your teen to stay off Facebook?

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Would you pay your teen to stay off Facebook?
Fri, 10-15-2010 - 3:13pm

Like many parents, Melynda Rushing just wanted to help her college-age daughter improve her grades.

Whereas parents of a previous generation worried about their teen children spending too much time talking on the telephone, watching television or playing video games, Rushing, a mother of six in Rock Hill, N.C., was worried about her daughter, Alyssa, spending three to four hours a day on Facebook.

So she offered Alyssa, a student at the University of South Carolina, a deal: She’d give her $300 to stay off Facebook for a month while devoting the extra time to her studies.


What do you think?

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Fri, 10-15-2010 - 3:55pm

Unless you were with them 24/7, how would you know they really stayed off?

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Fri, 10-15-2010 - 4:25pm

ROFL - I'd be a hypocrite if I did that! I'm a Facebook addict! I've reconnected with so many old friends. My most recent was my very first 'best friend' from a town we lived in for a couple years when I was in 2nd and 3rd grade. I'm looking forward to catching up with her!

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Fri, 10-15-2010 - 7:41pm

I'm with Pam, I'd be a total hypocrite if I did that!

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Sat, 10-16-2010 - 12:14am

I wouldn't PAY a child to stay off Facebook, any more than I'd pay them to stay off the phone or the computer.

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Sat, 10-16-2010 - 8:36am

The only incentive I gave my kids to get good grades in college, was to make them pay for it themselves.

That does seem to help them be more motivated to do well!

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Registered: 01-21-2008
Sat, 10-16-2010 - 12:54pm

I think this is pretty silly too. Like sabr said- if the kid is in my house under 18 they will get off or stay off if it's out of control, because I say so!:smileywink:

I'm not in a position to finance my student's college career anyway, so if she chooses to go into debt to get it I doubt she'll be blowing off study for facebook.

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Registered: 04-13-2010
Sun, 10-17-2010 - 1:13pm

I have to agree with Sabr! There is no way I would pay any of my kiddo's to stay off

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Sun, 10-17-2010 - 7:00pm

My DD goes to college away from home so I have no idea how much time, if any, she spends on FB.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Tue, 10-19-2010 - 12:25am

<<<college, was to make them pay for it themselves.>>>>>

You ladies are missing an extremely important point. I know more than a few young adults whose parents helped them financially to earn their university degrees.

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Tue, 10-19-2010 - 6:56am

I don't think anyone said that only kids who finance their own college expenses do well.