Pretending to Be Your Kid on Facebook Is Just Plain Creepy

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computerAre you one of those people who can't believe parents allow their young kids (way younger than 13) on Facebook? Oh lambs, that bit of crazy is old news. There is a new crew of nutso parents in town. They're the ones who build a Facebook page for their kids ... and then maintain it themselves.

Not sure what I mean? Well, imagine you log online to see a photo of a little boy and his mom at the park in your feed. Underneath, you'll read a caption that says something like, "Mom and I went to the park." It's written from the kid's point of view. Only the kid didn't write it.

I first encountered this particular brand of crazy in the form of a mom whose young son tried to friend me. Because I'm nosy, I checked his page out and realized something sounded ... off. What 7-year-old would "like" causes?

I'm sorry if you want to go off on some sancti-mommy diatribe about your sweet little giver who always asks for canned goods at his birthday party (yeah, bullshit, YOU ask for canned goods), but I'm realistic. I have a 7-year-old. She would like the hell out of My Little Pony (if I were one of those parents who lets a young child on Facebook, which I'm not). She would completely bypass the American Red Cross.

Go ahead and call my daughter a little a-hole, but at least she comes by it naturally. Other kids are getting reps -- good or bad -- that aren't exactly honest.

Because this mom is not alone. When I ranted about this mom to a few other friends, I found out several had encountered this "Parent Posing as Kid on Facebook" phenomenon.

The severity varies. Some parents acquit themselves at least a little by making it clear that while the name at the top of the page is their kid's, they are posting (let me be clear: this still confuses me completely because if you're so intent on posting to Facebook, why not just use your own damn name?).

But my real beef is with the parents who devote actual time to building a Facebook page for their kids in what the rest of us are supposed to believe is their child's "tone" with STFU Parents worthy status updates such as, "I told Mom I like the smell of my own farts!" and links to toy sites with the comment, "This is what I want Santa to bring me for Christmas!"

Can you imagine what life will be like for these kids when they're old enough to create an actual social media presence, and they're running up against the faux versions? Can you imagine trying to explain to your child why you posed as them for years?

I'm as guilty as the next parent of proudly sharing photos and the occasional anecdote from my kid on my personal page, but in 10 years, those status updates will all still have my name beside them. Can you say the same?

Have you encountered these kiddie Facebook pages? How do you feel about them? Cute or creepy?

 

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SrctL... SrctLfeAddct00

That's so freaking effed up!   What's WRONG with people? They obviously aren' thinking about the fact that in like 5 or 6 yrs when the kid actually knows about this and create their own, actual Facebook page they will be all the fake BS the Mom posted under his their name.

Autum... Autumnjean26

hahahahaa Great Article! And so TRUE!!!!!!!!

CPN322 CPN322

That is creepy.

power... powertothekids

well i think you all forgot about the molester caught by one of these

butte... butterflyfreak

That's seriously messd up. I had, at one point, 3 different facebook pages (Hi, I'm Brandy and I'm a facebook game addict.) All three of those pages had MY name on them. I considered (for about 2 seconds) starting an account with my daughter's name, for gaming. I chose not to, simply because I don't want my child's name out there for all the world to see. I don't even use my daughter's name in my status updates, I refer to her as Little Miss, or my girl or my daughter. We're a very techie family and yes, I may be one of those parents who will choose to let my child have a facebook, someday. She's only 5 now and has not aked for her own facebook, even though she sees Dad and me on it quite a bit. We will most likely allow it as a learning tool, so that she can learn how to SAFELY navigate the internet. When we set it up for her, it will be under our control. We will have username and password and we will monitor her page. We will teach her about internet safety ie not giving out personal information. I feel that parents who try to hide the technology are not doing their kids any favors. Like it or not, this is a techno-world now. It's up to us to teach our children how to navigate safely in that world.

Beth McCormack Bernitt

J.S. you are alittle a_hole and your mommie told me to say so!

nonmember avatar Shandeigh

One of My nieces actually has one for my great-nephew. I think it's cute, it's a way for family all over the country to be able to see how he's growing and what he's doing. By the time he's old enough to go on the internet Facebook will have been replaced several times over. My 12 year old niece and my 13 year old great-niece have no idea what My Space even is... In a few years Facebook will be the same.

CPN322 CPN322

powertothekids - that kid actually ran her own page, her mother just closely monitored it and you know the rest.

Nellie Athome

This is just the 21st century version of the photo albums most baby boomers parents made of their kids. No more or less creepy than they were

butte... butterflyfreak

I beg to differ Nellis Athome, this is VERY different from the photo albums that previous generations compiled of their children. Those photo albums were not seen unless someone (Mom) pulled it off the shelf. A facebook profile can be seen by ANYONE in the entire world with a simple click of a button. Much much creepier in my mind than a dusty old photo album...

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