I have a 12 y/o son who has asked for facebook privileges.
"Sorry, but Facebook has a minimum age of 13." "But Mom, all the other kids have one."
"And they lie about their age. You know that's not how we do things in this house."
So far that has worked. His 13th is approaching so that answer won't work anymore. I've heard too much about facebook to be comfortable but I have to bow to the inevitable.
Rules I have formulated so far:
I am to be given friend status. I will observe activity. However, I won't post unless I'm invited.
Homework to be complete before Facebook activity and then only for a limited time.
No facebook friends who are not actual face friends.
.........so what has worked for you guys?
How do I explain about private information? No personal data that an actual friend wouldn't already know in terms that a decent, intelligent, but a 13 y/o can understand? No saying we're going to Disneyland for two weeks before we get back? What list of information not to post.?
How to explain that it's permissible to say he has the hots for Willow Shields but not for a non-celeb girl in his circle?