Letting a 13 year old use Facebook

So the day finally arrives. You’ve promised your child that as soon as they turn 13, they can have the Facebook account that they’ve coveted for so long. Today they turn 13. What do you do? The New Your Times has an excellent article guiding parents and guardians through the privacy settings minefield.

Even for an adult, Facebook’s privacy settings are as daunting as trying to do your taxes with an abacus. For teenagers, unaware of the consequences of their online actions, using Facebook incorrectly could potentially leave a digital trail that might follow them all the way through high school, college and into the real world. What’s more, there are also creepy people out there on social networks.

Read the whole article here.

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