Michelle Obama Has Strict Rules About Facebook for Kids

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Michelle ObamaDon't try to friend President Obama's daughters on Facebook. They're not there, and the First Lady intends to keep it that way. On the Today show this morning, Michelle Obama said she doesn't think young children should be on Facebook, and that Sasha, 9, and Malia, 12, aren't allowed to have accounts.

While part of it is due to security concerns, she said, even if they weren't living in the White House, she's "not a big fan of young kids having Facebook." She went on to say, "It's not something they need. It's not necessary."

When asked if she'd let them have accounts when they leave the White House, she said perhaps. "It depends on when we leave and how old they are." So don't worry Mark Zuckerberg, she's not forever banning them from your site, just while they're young.

First food, now Facebook, kids around the country are going to start resenting this First Lady for planting all these rules and regulations in their parents' heads. But good for her for showing Americans how to set boundaries and how to say no to children.  

Facebook doesn't even think it's a good idea for kids under 13 to have accounts. Their policy states:

If you are under age 13, please do not attempt to register for Facebook or provide any personal information about yourself to us. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible.

Still, it's easy enough to do, and I know plenty of parents who allow their young children to have accounts. Some monitor them, others don't, and most of them argue that it's a good way to let kids keep in touch with friends and family. But like the First Lady said, kids don't need it. Let them pick up the phone or write a letter to Aunt Suzy. There are plenty of years for them to get lost in online social media later. And really, who wants to read status updates from a bunch of tweens anyway?

Do you think young children should be allowed to have Facebook accounts?


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KBW2 KBW2

Nope! No need for kids, even 13 yr olds to have an account-- even I don't have one!!

Armym... Armymom134

Bah....no they won't. My neice who was 11 had a facebook account, we turned her in, and they emailed us back and said that they confirmed that the email account belonged to a person of age....whatever, we knew the person personally and nothing. I agree with the first lady, you don't necessarily know who your talking to on the net period, so why subject young kids to that kind of danger.

RanaA... RanaAurora

Do they NEED one? Of course not. No one NEEDS one. My son has one to play games and I locked down everything else and set up which games he could play. He only plays with my permission too. No biggie.

bills... billsfan1104

OMG, I agree with Rana. Both my daughters have one and they are 9 and 17. My nine year old has it to play games, and to see and communicate with her cousins all over the country. Do I think she needs it? No. BUt who cares?? I monitor it closely, and I think that if we as parents watch it put on there, and have family members watch it too, it will be ok. Believe me, my mom and sister and sister in law and brother, monitor it so much that my 17-yr old is about to delete them. lololol

Momma... MommaGreenhalge

I agree with the first lady on a lot of things. This is definitely one of them. My kids will not be allowed to have anything they have to lie about their age to get. And when they are old enough, I will know their passwords and check up on them regularly.

momsa... momsangel143

Mine won't have one until I say it's ok. I don't think anyone under 13 needs one, or should have one period. Just isn't appropriate either way!

Adriel Dunysha Quick

I can see the point of this BUT she is severly criplling her kids in this day and age, no time on the computer at all, no phone, no cameras, no tv. nothing. not allowed in their house. in this day and age technology is everything and her children are going to grow up completely ignorant to it all and be crippled for life because of it, theyll have no knowledge for nessacary job skill, or social skills of how to act online. people have to face the facts that the world IS the internet now. She needs to just be a responible parent and monitor them and their use, not over react to it all and banish technology completely

MrsNe... MrsNewman

I don't see the big deal, if you monitor who your friends are friends with ... then i think it's fine.

Staci Rahnae Ozgowicz

She is not crippling her children. They are almost 10 years away from getting a job! You are slightly jumping the gun there sweet heart. If they had a facebook account, there is no telling who would send them messages, and that is not something that children those ages need to see. You can block out a lot, but for HER children, in the position they are in, not enough. It's her children, it's her rules.

imlena imlena

I think high school is fine with parents supervising...under that, pointless, my 11 cousin is on and she just floods my newsfeed with fluff...harmless but she could be outside playing instead of updating her profile with chain re-posts and playing farmville.

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