Should a 13 year old have a Facebook account?

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Should a 13 year old have a Facebook account?
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Thu, 01-05-2012 - 11:32pm
Just wondering everyone's thought on this!
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Fri, 01-06-2012 - 8:53am

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 11:30pm
Depends on many factors. My ds has had one, a major reason is because that is how several teams keep up in their communications. He rarely goes on it. He also keeps up with dome cousins that way.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 01-06-2007
Sun, 01-08-2012 - 4:50pm

Depends on a lot of factors. For example: how mature is the 13-year-old? Can they be trusted only to add/interact with people they know? Are they already involved in teasing/bullying at school? (I wouldn't let either a bullied kid or a known bully have an account - it's just asking for trouble on both ends.) FWIW, my daughter is turning 13 in a couple of weeks and will be allowed to get an account then; she's proven on other sites that she knows how to be responsible online, and she's unlikely to use it for anything but games and normal chatting with her friends. That said, she'll also be required to give me her password so I can log in occasionally and keep an eye on things - just being on her friends list isn't enough because it's easy to set up a filter and block someone out.

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Registered: 03-09-2006
Sun, 01-08-2012 - 5:16pm
Thanks so much for the replies!! This forum is so great for advice!!
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Registered: 10-08-2004
Mon, 01-09-2012 - 5:25pm
My son is 11 and has had one for about a year now. I have the login info. he cannot get on w/ out asking me. He only uses it to stay in touch w/ family that is far away. He is not friends w/ anyone but family. That is how I choose to handle it for now anyways.

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Registered: 12-13-2007
Sat, 02-18-2012 - 11:30pm

I allowed my DS to have one - we had already discussed internet safety, and he had done well with his internet surfing, including telling me when he accidentally stumbled on something that was inappropriate.

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Registered: 11-21-2004
Wed, 03-14-2012 - 9:53am

Nope, not yet, wait till they're 16 and a little more mature, FACEBOOK gives birth to drama and stupidity in pre teens and the