My first encounter with kids on Facebook happened a year ago when one of the boys in my daughter’s class sent me a “friend” request on Facebook. He was nine years old. I’m Facebook “friends” with one of his dads, so I accepted the request. A few months later, a friend of mine posted something very personal and upsetting about issues her son was dealing with. Uncomfortable with a nine-year-old seeing this, I called his dad and explained that I would be “de-friending” him.
I later found out this classmate of my daughter’s was bragging to her and other kids at school that he was on my Facebook page. I had unknowingly embarrassed my daughter.
I like the digital age, smart technology, and the zillions of gadgets out there, and so do my kids. My daughter has email, and she can email a list of approved friends.
However, I have no interest in being Facebook friends with kids, and it has me wondering: are you guys Facebook friends with kids? — Christina Simon
Are you “friends” with any of your children’s classmates or your friend’s kids?