6.24.2009

Facebook etiquette

While I was drinking coffee this morning I complete my morning routine. Sit in the office, check email, post comments, read blogs, read the news at cnn.com and lastly log onto facebook. It is my morning routine and I feel lost if we over sleep and I miss out!

As I was perusing facebook I noticed I had a friend request. These are always fun ... but notsomuch when they are from your friend's 12 year old son!

I have a real problem with this! Why would I want to be friends with my friends underage children? What in the world would we have in common? And for that matter what does a 12 year old do on facebook? Does he care that I am frustrated with finding activities for my kids during the summer? Does he need to know my fake stripper name? Truly ... he is way too young!!!

I honestly feel our children are growing up way too fast. I know 10 year olds with cell phones and TVs in their rooms. Why would they want to have family time when they can be sitting in their rooms watching TV and texting their friends? Seriously ... when did this start??? Little Lawyer will get a cell phone when he drives and I no longer take him every where he goes.

And as for facebook? I really think this is a high school privilege. One for he and his friends to connect with kids at school and keep in touch with those graduate and move on. He will not be friend requesting adults and certainly not my friends.

Kids his age and family.

Period. The end.

MPM

16 comments:

  1. I agree 100%. Children are on the computer entirely too much and accessing too many age inappropriate things. Period.

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  2. I totally agree! I got a friend request from my daughter's friend. I thought crap, I don't want her to see some of the stuff on here!! I also wish I hadn't told my daughter and hubby about my blog . . . wish I had kept it to myself and then I could say whatever I wanted but now I have to watch what I write (and watch what I vent about!!)

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  3. This post made me laugh about facebook. I had a request from my cousin's 12 year old son. He does not need to know my business. :)

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  4. I totally agree with you. I am amazed at the things kids get to do at such young ages. Like they are mini-adults. But they're not. I feel very old-fashioned much of the time & I don't really care. But it is nice to know others out there feel like I do about all this 'technology' stuff...

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  5. I agree with you on all of this. I really don't like kids on facebook or kids with tvs in their rooms. It just seems to remove them from human interaction!

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  6. Totally agree...my friend at church was telling me that she never requests friends younger than her....what a good rule, hope you have better luck!

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  7. Oh, I so agree. And just think of the options that will be out there in just a few short years to tempt kids even more...two years ago we hadn't even heard of Twitter or Facebook.

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  8. I agree! It is crazy how kids that are so young are using cell phones, facebook stalking & resort to watching TV / playing video games in their rooms instead of the good old fashion playing outside/riding bikes.

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  9. If it makes you feel any better, my cousins 6 year old "friended" me. Yeeeeaaaahhhh. She sends me "smiles", and I'm sure she wants to know about my sh*tty days!!

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  10. I agree 100%. Facebook, twitter, cell phones and instant messaging are COMPLETELY OFF LIMITS for my tween. Sadly, in the grade, we are of the few parents that have that restriction and my tween knows that which makes for some battles. Mr. Boston and I are sticking with our decision. Case closed.

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  11. I totally understand. I was complaining about this the other day except for me the friend request was from a person I had recently worked with. Facebook is personal. It is my personal life that I like to do in my personal time. I do not want to accept a request from someone that I worked with to create a marketing campaign. That is business. Am I wrong? I haven't taken off pics from my college years and I specifically put up a ton of privacy settings so I have to accept you to see anything.

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  12. I agree. So what did you do? Did you deny him?

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  13. Agree with not being friends of kids - but m daughter is on facebook and has a mobile phone and she is 10. She's had a phone for over 2 years - because she needs it (not wants it - needs it).

    We live in a 3rd world country, hence the mobile phone. She doesn't even have it turned on when she is home as she has better things to do (and that is not a rule) - but she carries it everywhere outside because we live in a city of 12 million and very few people speak english. It is all about her feeling connected to us. All her friends have phones (in fact each class at school has a lock box for DS's, phones, ipods etc - even Year 1 (not so many phones but still some).

    She is on facebook because she goes to an international school and looses at least one good friend a semester. On facebook the kids can continue to interact with each other until they have grown apart/made other friends etc. At the moment she is very upset to have lost an extremely close friend. They are emailing every night and the postings are letting them get on with life wihtout each other.

    As they only accept friends into the network that they know, it is a safe way to express themselves.

    100% agree with kids not being friends with adults. The rule is no adults - and I have her password and I regularly check that and the content of other friends postings incase I feel they are inappropriate (in which case I would ignore). I think better to know password and monitor than to live in the belief that they aren't on there.

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