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    Arrow How young is too young to be on Facebook?

    vid on facebook: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540...42142#35642142

    do you think there should be laws about it?
    should facebook only allow 18 and older to register and/or be on FB?
    do you think think FB will turn out like myspace?
    your thoughts? discuss and post on

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    It comes down to what your opinions are on regulating media. I've never cared much for legally regulating the Internet, nor do I think it's necessary for Facebook to set age restrictions. However I'm all for parents regulating their own children, though. The problem is no form of regulation when it comes to protecting kids is going to be perfect. Facebook setting an arbitrary age restriction in particular would be rather pointless, as kids have long ago figured out how to get around that. The difference between laws and parents is that parents can actually influence the behavior and attitude of their children in a way that the kids can make better choices themselves. More parents doing that will make a bigger difference more than anything I think.

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    How old should a kid be to talk to strangers when you are not present?
    That should be the proper age.

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    I'm more for parental control, keeping an eye on their kids. And setting the privacy settings automatically very strict if you are under 18.
    Keep on keepin' the beat alive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flixy View Post
    I'm more for parental control, keeping an eye on their kids. And setting the privacy settings automatically very strict if you are under 18.
    Everyone without kids says that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGT View Post
    Everyone without kids says that.
    I say that, and I've got 3 kids.

    Brent has a myspace, he has no interest in facebook since all the games he still wants are on myspace. He also gets to play Saints Row and GTA.
    Its about monitoring, not moderating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    I say that, and I've got 3 kids.

    Brent has a myspace, he has no interest in facebook since all the games he still wants are on myspace. He also gets to play Saints Row and GTA.
    Its about monitoring, not moderating.

    You say this now, just wait until he's older and his friend Lemonjello (pronounced Lay-man-juh-loh) is helping him bury the dead hookers he's bringing home in your backyard...

    ...then you'll be all like "Why? Why did I let him play Saint's Row!?" then he'll be like "Dawg it ain't got nothin' to do wit no vi'lent videogames ya'knowha I mea'n?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    I say that, and I've got 3 kids.

    Brent has a myspace, he has no interest in facebook since all the games he still wants are on myspace. He also gets to play Saints Row and GTA.
    Its about monitoring, not moderating.
    Fine, then I'll qualify my statement.

    Everyone who doesn't have TEENAGERS says that (parental monitoring is better than moderating).

    One of these days, and mark my words, your kids will have some tech tool that they can mod, and you won't necessarily know. Whether it's a smart phone or a camera or a website, it won't just be about "games", but the games they play with others. If you stay on top of the tech savvy, they will find a way under your radar in other ways.

    It's what kids DO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Illusions View Post
    You say this now, just wait until he's older and his friend Lemonjello (pronounced Lay-man-juh-loh) is helping him bury the dead hookers he's bringing home in your backyard...

    ...then you'll be all like "Why? Why did I let him play Saint's Row!?" then he'll be like "Dawg it ain't got nothin' to do wit no vi'lent videogames ya'knowha I mea'n?"
    As long as he gets all his money back

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    No minimum age necessary.

    My 11 year old brother has his own Facebook account. Its more secure than most of the internet is.

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    well, i guess we'll find out in whats in store for FB in future, that is if some else big social web topples fb.

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    that would block out some high schoolers, doesn't seem to smart considering the age range facebook is tilting towards lately...

    EDIT:
    This was a reply to razor's suggestion of making the age requirement 15, before he edited and changed the subject of his post completely

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    I was surprised to hear a story recently about a mother who objected to a particular e-mail their 9 year old daughter sent out. Which then made me step back and ask if nine was too young for an e-mail account that they use on their own.

    Ultimately, I think it's hard to come up with a real answer on this. Ten years ago my parents would have thought I was too young to post on a place like this. But it was also really formative. Then again I wasn't stupid.

    I really hope I don't have stupid kids.

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    Hope springs eternal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadnaught View Post
    I really hope I don't have stupid kids.
    You probably don't have to worry about that.

    You do, of course, have to worry about your smart kids doing stupid things.
    We're stuck in a bloody snowglobe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGT View Post
    Fine, then I'll qualify my statement.

    Everyone who doesn't have TEENAGERS says that (parental monitoring is better than moderating).

    One of these days, and mark my words, your kids will have some tech tool that they can mod, and you won't necessarily know. Whether it's a smart phone or a camera or a website, it won't just be about "games", but the games they play with others. If you stay on top of the tech savvy, they will find a way under your radar in other ways.

    It's what kids DO.
    Yes. It's what kids do. With or without internet, games, or whatever. It's what kids have been doing since the dawn of time. When kids become teenagers they have to explore, indeed not always 100% moderated by parents. Exploring leads to experience leads to growing up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    Its about monitoring, not moderating.
    Monitoring does involve a parent saying that something isn't appropriate, and why, though. It's not just "oh, I see what you're doing, so it's great, keep it up." I don't require other people to censor for my kids, I am perfectly capable of doing that myself. We haven't had an issue come up yet, other than why I think watching Ed, Edd, and Eddy is really not needed.
    We're stuck in a bloody snowglobe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGT View Post
    Hope springs eternal.
    Denial of Reality. Because he hopes for them, Dread must have stupid kids in his future. Can we call that a Loki-ism? Kind of in line with a lot of the logic behind his belief system.

    Quote Originally Posted by Flixy View Post
    I'm more for parental control, keeping an eye on their kids. And setting the privacy settings automatically very strict if you are under 18.
    Quote Originally Posted by GGT View Post
    Everyone without kids says that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    I say that, and I've got 3 kids.

    Brent has a myspace, he has no interest in facebook since all the games he still wants are on myspace. He also gets to play Saints Row and GTA.
    Its about monitoring, not moderating.
    My daughter's nine and she doesn't even know what Facebook is. She doesn't have an email account. She doesn't do anything on the PC I can't observe while frying bacon in the kitchen.
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    Gold- treat others how you would like them to treat you (the self regard rule)
    Platinum - treat others the way they would like to be treated (the PC rule)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EyeKhan View Post
    My daughter's nine and she doesn't even know what Facebook is. She doesn't have an email account. She doesn't do anything on the PC I can't observe while frying bacon in the kitchen.
    My daughter does, but she doesn't have an account. She has very little interest in the internet at all, though. She plays on Neopets, and that's about it.

    My son has no interest in being social, over the internet or otherwise. He watches lots of old Pokemon episodes, looks for spoilers for Pokemon DS games, does research on whatever his current obsession is.
    We're stuck in a bloody snowglobe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlelolligagged View Post
    My daughter does, but she doesn't have an account. She has very little interest in the internet at all, though. She plays on Neopets, and that's about it.

    My son has no interest in being social, over the internet or otherwise. He watches lots of old Pokemon episodes, looks for spoilers for Pokemon DS games, does research on whatever his current obsession is.
    Both mine are into Funbrain. I seem to recall them playing neo-pets for a while. A certain friend of my daugther's is the youngest of 4 kids and is a little savvier on the internet. She likes to get on Youtube and pull up funny videos. That requires some extra supervision. You never know what might come up, especially with sabateurs linking porn videos to cartoons.
    The Rules
    Copper- behave toward others to elicit treatment you would like (the manipulative rule)
    Gold- treat others how you would like them to treat you (the self regard rule)
    Platinum - treat others the way they would like to be treated (the PC rule)

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    The problem with genes is the damnable statistics. Even if I find someone who will carry 20 of my children, if the genes aren't there they will all just end up being wastes of space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadnaught View Post
    The problem with genes is the damnable statistics. Even if I find someone who will carry 20 of my children, if the genes aren't there they will all just end up being wastes of space.
    As long as your mate isn't an idiot, you should be alright. Yeah, you could pull a joker from the deck, but I wouldn't worry too much about it.
    The Rules
    Copper- behave toward others to elicit treatment you would like (the manipulative rule)
    Gold- treat others how you would like them to treat you (the self regard rule)
    Platinum - treat others the way they would like to be treated (the PC rule)

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlelolligagged View Post
    Monitoring does involve a parent saying that something isn't appropriate, and why, though. It's not just "oh, I see what you're doing, so it's great, keep it up." I don't require other people to censor for my kids, I am perfectly capable of doing that myself. We haven't had an issue come up yet, other than why I think watching Ed, Edd, and Eddy is really not needed.
    obviously, its not like I'm going to just sit there and watch as Brent accesses fantasti.cc, even if he only found it via a bookmark. But so far I've found that the less I limit, and the more we monitor and explain what he comes across, the better off everyone seems to be. There isn't that "forbidden" taboo, that kids already want to press, and we are pretty good at explaining something in the most boring and unexciting ways possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlelolligagged View Post
    My son has no interest in being social, over the internet or otherwise. He watches lots of old Pokemon episodes, looks for spoilers for Pokemon DS games, does research on whatever his current obsession is.
    Years ago my kid was looking for Pokemon stuff and spelled it wrong. Yeah Pokeman was a porn site, but he wasn't interested.

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    CPH Research in San Francisco recently surveyed Americans born between 1946 and 1964 and learned that 90 percent of boomers are online, and the time they spend there jumped to 62% in 2009 from 38 percent just a year earlier. Meanwhile, those aged 65 going online has also jumped significantly and now that crowd makes up about 13% of the total population in online usage.

    Consider this: there are now more grandparents on Facebook than high school students. Of those aged 55 to 63, 62% have joined Facebook just in the past six months. They’re part of the reason Facebook just this month replaced Yahoo as the second-largest U.S. Web property. I won’t be surprised to see it overtake Google, the current leader.
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/35540538


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    Just got another friend request from a girl I haven't seen, haven't wanted to see, since highschool. I hate facebook.
    The Rules
    Copper- behave toward others to elicit treatment you would like (the manipulative rule)
    Gold- treat others how you would like them to treat you (the self regard rule)
    Platinum - treat others the way they would like to be treated (the PC rule)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EyeKhan View Post
    Just got another friend request from a girl I haven't seen, haven't wanted to see, since highschool. I hate facebook.
    Don't be on Facebook, then? It's not that hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessus View Post
    Don't be on Facebook, then? It's not that hard.
    yeah
    The Rules
    Copper- behave toward others to elicit treatment you would like (the manipulative rule)
    Gold- treat others how you would like them to treat you (the self regard rule)
    Platinum - treat others the way they would like to be treated (the PC rule)

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    Senior Member Flixy's Avatar
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    Or just ignore the requests
    Keep on keepin' the beat alive!

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