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    Can i ban my children having Facebook accounts

    I want to ban my children having facebook accounts, the oldest is 11 so he has not asked yet, until what age can i reasonably ban them.

    The reason i want to ban them is i think it is a waste of a life.

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    face book say you must be 13 to have an account..if an account is reported to them of someone under 13 they will delete it...if they do is another matter
    Edited by: "terry7866" 30th Jul 2014

    Original Poster

    terry7866

    face book say you must be 13 to have an account



    I told him how to get around the age thing on gmail, and kids are very good at breaking laws.

    so if you dont want him to have the account, why did you tell him how to get around the age thing then ??..

    thats like saying heres a gun but dont shoot anyone with it
    Edited by: "terry7866" 30th Jul 2014

    Original Poster

    terry7866

    so if you dont want him to have the account, why did you tell him how to … so if you dont want him to have the account, why did you tell him how to get around the age thing then ??



    Good question, "he got an android mobile phone and needed a gmail account"

    Holly1985

    This maybe worth a read; … This maybe worth a read; http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/internet/3491698/how-block-website/



    Although I was going to say add the website to the host file which will block access to the website - that and the others on your link only block access to the website

    The kids can just so easily borrow their friends phone/pc and login there
    Discipline and explaining why is your only option AFAIK
    Edited by: "philphil61" 30th Jul 2014

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    philphil61

    Although I was going to say add the website to the host file which will … Although I was going to say add the website to the host file which will block access to the website - that and the others on your link only block access to the websiteThe kids can just so easily borrow their friends phone/pc and login thereDiscipline and explaining why is your only option AFAIK



    Yes, i think we should police ourselves, what argument can i give.

    From my experience there are fewer and fewer young kids using FB because it is very much seen as a "yesterday" thing and more for the likes of 25yr+ to use. My daughters, both of whom have FB accounts (15yr/13yr) don't really use them much. They use Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram - that sort of thing. Thing is, make something inaccessible to a kid and it suddenly becomes shiny and golden and they will try to seek it out all the more.

    Perhaps you should change your username to notallowed.

    Most of the major broadband providers have now introduced broadband filters. If you have broadband with one of the major providers (Sky, Virgin, BT, Talktalk) then you can get the filter activated and you should be able to block access to facebook by using that.

    If not, then there are plenty of software offerings which also allow this.

    will be using vine snapchat whatsapp etc anyway ban onme they just use another one

    scrumpypaul

    From my experience there are fewer and fewer young kids using FB because … From my experience there are fewer and fewer young kids using FB because it is very much seen as a "yesterday" thing and more for the likes of 25yr+ to use. My daughters, both of whom have FB accounts (15yr/13yr) don't really use them much. They use Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram - that sort of thing. Thing is, make something inaccessible to a kid and it suddenly becomes shiny and golden and they will try to seek it out all the more.


    Thsts what I was going to say. My daughter is 13, she has never been interested in FB. She likes twitter and instagram. Shes only recently went onto those, mainly so she could check out her fav bands (on Twitter). I suppose Ive been lucky that way. Many of her friends were on FB even in primary school. I know one young girl who has a pc in her bedroom, who was looking at pornographic web sites at the age of 9! The internet can be a minefield if the child wants to look at something, there isn't a great deal you can do as theres ways around things. Im a great believer in educating kids, about the good and the bad online.

    Another thing, you say you want to ban them as you think its a waste of a life. Surely they can make their own minds up? Or do you think you have the right to ban them on what you decide is time wasting? If they haven't even mentioned it why are you thinking about it? I believe in letting my daughter live her life, making her own desicions. As her mother, I guide her, teach her, advise her and will always be here for her but I would never think of banning her from doing something unless I thought it was dangerous or harmful in someway. IMHO, going on the way you are, you're just going to make them want to do it all the more.

    SupremeJaguar

    Most of the major broadband providers have now introduced broadband … Most of the major broadband providers have now introduced broadband filters. If you have broadband with one of the major providers (Sky, Virgin, BT, Talktalk) then you can get the filter activated and you should be able to block access to facebook by using that. If not, then there are plenty of software offerings which also allow this.



    That only blocks internet access @ home - it will not block other wifi or the user using other network/internet devices

    hocka

    Im a great believer in educating kids, about the good and the bad online.



    Big respect to you

    Discipline (does not mean spanking) it means educating, respect, control and understanding the rights and wrongs.

    A waste of life...Brilliant.

    I use Facebook as a means of keeping up with relatives back in NZ that I would not have otherwise been in touch with.
    My family are not very close but this is a good way to stay in touch and means we are actually closer than if I was
    actually living in NZ.

    Nice of you to 'devalue' my life.

    P.s if you teach your kids good values and other ways to enrich their lives then they should be intelligent enough to make up
    their own minds, or at least use it as the communication tool it was designed for in a responsible manner.

    Banned

    Just install net nanny on their pc's and phones and install isp's safe search, or use a safe dns on your router.

    Personally I think facebook should be 16+

    End of the day if they really want to they will get around any protection you install.

    terry7866

    so if you dont want him to have the account, why did you tell him how to … so if you dont want him to have the account, why did you tell him how to get around the age thing then ??..thats like saying heres a gun but dont shoot anyone with it



    what an awful analogy
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