Kids these days. Our little ones -- whether they're teeny-tiny newborns or pre-teens -- will never know a world without social media. Kind of sad, but true. Long gone are the days of children holing up in a closet, with a tangly phone cord stretched out underneath the crack. Now, it's all about the computer. Or the smartphone. And, moreover, Facebook.
Of course we want to trust our kids -- and vice versa -- but here are 5 reasons we shouldn't friend our children on Facebook. At least for a little while.
Trust. Like I mentioned above, you want to establish trust between your child and yourself. It might feel weird to not be friends with your child on Facebook, but it'll speak volumes.
It might be a wee bit embarrassing for them. Unfortunately, no matter how great our relationships with our kids are, there will, most likely, come a point when they're kind of sort of embarrassed of us (even though we're totally awesome). And that point will probably come around the time they start using Facebook.
Our parents didn't friend us on Facebook when we were kids, and we're fine! Okay, they didn't have a choice, as Facebook didn't exist then, but you get what I'm saying, right?
Some of the crap we post on Facebook, we might not want our kids to see either. I'm not talking about sexy photos or profanity-laced status updates here, I'm just talking about our "adult, non-parent life". It's kind of like seeing your teacher outside of school for the first time -- it can just be a little odd.
Give them time. You should become friends with your child on Facebook eventually -- it's your kid after all! But maybe give them a tiny bit of time before you're all up on their wall. If you feel comfortable with it, have your child make their profile partially visible, so you can see what's up. But if you're, understandably, not comfortable with that, make sure there's a way to check up on things.
Did you friend your child on Facebook? Did you give them time before doing so? Do you let your child use Facebook at all?
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