I’m not a parent yet and I don’t plan on being one for awhile, but sometimes it bothers me that there are very young kids that are already on Facebook. Some as young as 7 years old. I’m thinking to myself, “is that really necessary at that age?” I understand most young kids just want to go on to have fun, but there are other ways of playing games and having fun. Reading a book or playing outside for example. That’s what I did when I was 7 years old. Simply put, kids these days are growing up just a little too quickly.
This is in no way intended to offend any parents who take the time to read this, but parents wonder where their kids learn things that they didn’t teach them. The obvious is their peers at school. That’s usually the first thing parents look at. These days, parents should definitely see what their kids are doing on Facebook. Sometimes, Facebook is unintentionally an adult website. My news feed is full of things that kids shouldn’t see or hear. There are many videos that kids shouldn’t see and things they shouldn’t read. Even if it’s as innocent as things that do with relationships, they shouldn’t be exposed to that just yet. They should be out playing and running around, not stuck on their tablets. Parents wonder how they’re exposed to these things, yet it is the parent who makes the Facebook for them in the first place. Its pretty crucial to monitor what you will allow your kids to see.
This is a quick rant, but simply put, kids shouldn’t even be allowed a Facebook. Anyone under 16 shouldn’t even know what Facebook is. Yes, as you are an adult and you learn how to use it, it usually is fun and you access it every day. This is an easy way to keep in touch with friends and family, but kids shouldn’t be able to utilize it for entertainment. Monkey see, monkey do. Most videos I see online are filled with inappropriate language that kids shouldn’t have exposure to. When they see and hear these things, obviously it will see normal to them because Facebook is normal to them. It’s quite something tough to control, but when it comes to watching and monitoring, it is up to the parent. Most kids who have Facebook accounts is because parents or another adult makes their accounts. I didn’t even know how to set up an email when I was 7 years old because I was outside playing with my friends! We love social media, but we should limit what our kids see. It’s quite a dangerous world out there.