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When is a Child old enough to join Facebook?

Neetu Ralhan
11 to 16 years

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When is a Child old enough to join Facebook

Child: Mum, I want to join Facebook. Mum: Why? Child: Because all my friends are there! This was the first time Facebook invaded my otherwise ‘peaceful’ relationship with my 11 year old. What followed was a volley of arguments and cross arguments about the virtues and vices of children spending time on social networking sites. Was raising a pre-teen ever this interesting? Well, for fellow parents who are faced with the ‘Facebook Dilemma’, here’s some information that might help you tread through this important decision.


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Gurwinder Kalra

| Apr 21, 2017

nice blog which has given satisfactory answer to my questions

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Gargi Mukherjee

| Jun 23, 2015

There are so many pedeophiles everywhere. I really feel skeptical of the fact that kids should go onto facebook before the legal age. Somehow I am able to convince my 12 year old but it requires lot of perseverance to explain them with right reasoning. Well, sometimes it does work.

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Gargi Mukherjee

| Jun 23, 2015

There are so many pedeophiles everywhere. I really feel skeptical of the fact that kids should go onto facebook before the legal age. Somehow I am able to convince my 12 year old but it requires lot of perseverance to explain them with right reasoning. Well, sometimes it does work.

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Sunita Panday

| Jun 19, 2015

Nice article... when my younger daughter joined Facebook she was eleven and the same reason was to me for joining fb was the same that all her friends are there. I allowed her to join rather I was with her when she made d account. I explained her the pros and cons of facebooking. I still do. And most importantly I have told her not to hide any negative thing from me which is stressing her on Facebook.

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simran sharma

| Jun 12, 2015

Great blog. Well written, answered many of my questions.

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Ishta

| Aug 13, 2013

Nice blog Neetu. This is one problem we all are racing today. You have suggested very reasonable and practical solutions.

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Neetu Ralhan

| Apr 29, 2013

thank you Vikram and Vidisha

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Vikram

| Apr 29, 2013

Liked it very much... its difficult to keep them away till they reach 13 but your solution sounds perfect... to let them access through our account... Thanks.

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Vidisha

| Feb 09, 2013

Really liked the tone of the article! Analysis and break-down of the problem is so professional! Great one.

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Venkatanarayanan Krishnan

| Jan 29, 2013

Many of my daughter's friend were on Facebook even though they are much younger than 13. As given in this article, I had told that I don't want my child to be a lie about the age. Though the lie may be innocuous, it is just a start of the series of lies that we "teach" our children. It is almost telling them that lying is ok if you are not getting caught.

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VANDANA

| Nov 20, 2012

nice article neetu my views are same like urs.

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Neetu Ralhan

| Nov 16, 2012

yes Anurima... for me this one is like a sleeping giant that wakes up once in a while and so far, goes back to sleep. the best part was when I said to him that I feel he only wants me to say yes just because he wants to hear a yes to this, else he is not really interested in facebook. and he agreed!!! Let's see how long this lasts :) Thanks Bhavna, glad that you liked it :)

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Bhavna

| Nov 15, 2012

great article ... and a great outcome i must say ...thanks for sharing

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Anurima

| Nov 14, 2012

Nice blog Neetu. I would like to believe that I am far from reaching the crossroads between Facebook and my children; but who knows how soon will they want to have a Facebook account, considering the speed at which the social network & technology are spreading today. But, I think you handled your situation pretty well here :)

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