I was a motivational speaker for a group of school support staff last march. One of the key challenges they have is getting all generations to embrace online communication.
Some generations ( usually older) have a hard time with new technology permeating their workplace. In many schools today technology is an everyday part of learning.
When you consider that the average 26 year old has better technology capabilities in his own personal use, you realize this technology is giving younger generations great power.
During one of the other guest speakers interactive speech, a lady proudly reported that she has a ten year old son who is on facebook. The age restriction is 14, however she has set up his account and monitors his use of the social media.
Asked why she has allowed this network into her home as such a young age, she feels kids should have the same opportunities that adults do. She argues that technology is powerful and kids actually have a better hold on it than adults do.
My take is that 10 years old is far to young for facebook.
I believe starting kids too young on social media means they spend more time behind technology, instead of learning to communicate. The kids 10 year olds interact with are mostly from school and they see them everyday; they should interact in person. Kids belong in playgrounds, school yards and libraries, listening, reading and communicating.
I also think that anyone under 16 does not have the judgement to know what is right or wrong. They may be great at figuring out the ins and outs of the technology, but this does not mean they have the discernment to know what is right or wrong. Consider the power that facebook gives you: the ability to post personal information that potentially anybody can see. With great power comes great responsibility. I don't think a 10 year old should have to shoulder that kind of responsibility.
With all the press recently about cyber bullying, why would we let kids get involved?
I other motivational speaker for the school support staff talked about cyber bullying so it was a great tie in!
What are your thoughts, should kids be allowed on facebook?