This subject has been mentioned here before but clearly, it’s time to mention it again. Please take heed to what I am going to say because it might save your child from a terrible experience. Social media can be and often is very dangerous!
Quite by accident, I came across a friend’s child’s Facebook profile. It was public for all to see. I told her mom about the information that I saw and my concerns. I asked her how old her daughter is and I expected her to tell me thirteen or fourteen or fifteen. Her daughter is only eleven.
I have said this before and I’ll say it again, kids younger than sixteen should not be using social media! My friend is a good mom and she is attentive to her kids but like so many parents, she succumbs to, “Everyone else is allowed to use Facebook.”
With very little effort, I was able to see where the child goes to school, where she has activities, her younger sister’s age and where she goes to school and has activities. In addition, I saw the locations of where many pictures were taken. I also saw the list of her friends. Many of which did not fit the scenario of the kind of friends that an eleven year old should have. In addition, I was able to see where her mom works and that there is a “gap” in the time that the girls get home from school and the time that their mom arrives home.
Please take this seriously. Don’t let your children use social media because “all the other kids can.”