Is it Ok to let my 10 year old niece to Have Facebook Account?

United States
October 20, 2010 4:36pm CST
I made my niece an account in Facebook without knowing the rules of age. I found it later that kids are not allowed to use it. I thought that the games here are cool so I let her use it. As far as I know she have not encounter any problem with it, but I am afraid of the effects of Facebook to her. Should I tell her to quits using Facebook?
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• Philippines
20 Oct 10
I don't think there is something wrong with that. My nephew was 7 y/o when he had his facebook account. His mother is in abroad so they connect through facebook. Do chat there and can view their picture from there. Just always monitor her when using the internet. In our house the computer is in the living room when everyone is there. So we can monitor him easily.
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• United States
20 Oct 10
I have friends who have accounts and let the kids play the games. There are restrictions you can put on your account as well. If she is not friends with anyone but you and all options are blocke for her to except friends and your able to monitor her online. Then the choice is yours to make. I find the games very addictive and I had to quit and I am an adult. There was a special on tv showing that thousands of rich and powerful people had closed their accounts on facebook. Take care.
• United States
20 Oct 10
Thanks for the insight. I will ask me brother if he put restrictions on our computer. I read from Ladies Home Journal that there are software that you can install to monitor your kids logs.
• United States
22 Oct 10
Yes,try to find out all you can before you let her play. enjoy!
@tammytwo (4304)
• United States
21 Oct 10
It is ok for young kids to have one as long as their use is monitored. Don't let her become friends with people you don't know or those who are not her friends at school. My son had one when he was 10 and he just recently turned 11.
• United States
26 Oct 10
that is what I feel too. as long as it is monitored it is okay.
@mlhervas (482)
• Philippines
21 Oct 10
It's ok, as long as you are always there whenever she is using facebook. You must also know the password to her account so that you can check who she have added into her account. Always check her account. Also, tell her that she must always ask you permission first before using any kind of applications in facebook. My nephew is just 7 years old and he has his own facebook account and friends like his classmates and teachers. As long as you guide your niece in how to use facebook responsibly.
• United States
21 Oct 10
that is the problem, I am here in US and she is in Phil. so I can not monitor her usage. But her parents are ok with that. and I also asked her to let my mom see my pictures here in US. I will just pray that it will not have bad effect on her.
@hushi22 (4941)
20 Oct 10
i think it's okay. there are many children who have fb these days. your niece might feel envy.
• United States
20 Oct 10
yup, that is what I feel to. because most of her classmates have it and I don't want to deprived her the chatty moments with her friends,maybe I should just remind her to be careful in using facebook. She is a bright kid.
@garson (886)
• United States
1 Nov 10
I don't know how old you are, but what would a 10 year old do with a Facebook account. Yes, everything is getting wired and wireless that allows many people to connect online. If the parents are ok with it, here are the possibilities: - either you misinterpret it - the parents were not paying attention or they didn't have a clue about Facebook - the parents don't seem care, which is an issue There are other possibilities. If you babysit a 10 year old, it is understandable that you want your niece to have a good time. There are many things you can do: go to the park, go to the movies, play hide & seek. You could let her play a game online with your account, but you shouldn't let her play that game for too long.
@tonyllenium (6266)
• Italy
26 Oct 10
No come on just 10 years old and she has a facebook profile yet?What can she share on netowrk like that a so young girl!!No in my opinon is too young for a facebook subscription probably if she wants she has the time to open one later not now..
@sumanadep (1230)
• India
21 Oct 10
Definitely not.. you should not allow a kid to be active in online social sites.. there are many things there which they should not know or should be away from... instead make the kid go out and play with other kids... physical activities are better for kids..
• Philippines
21 Oct 10
yes before she learn bad things in facebook...maybe you can advice your niece to surf to other site which are related to her age....
@maezee (32015)
• United States
21 Oct 10
I would say a NO on that one. My 8 year old sister wants one, and I'm totally and 110% uncomfortable with that, just because of how many creepers there are out there. But she really loves "Farmville", and that's the problem. So I'll set the game up for her occasionally on my account, but I'll be in the next room over and keeping a watch out for her. I would have your niece go on Pogo.com or Nickelodeon.com or something a little more age-friendly and where predators can't really get ahold of you, you know? Just to be on the safe side of things.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
21 Oct 10
I think it partially depends on the child. She definitely should be closely monitored with it. Make sure her profile is completely private so that only friends can see any information about her. Make sure she doesn't add anyone she doesn't know. The games are fun. My daughter wanted one, but she just turned 8. I haven't let her have one yet, but mostly because she'd always be bugging me to get off the computer so she could "check her farm" lol. But when I eventually let her I will watch it very closely. I think that facebook is safer than some social networks like myspace.
• Portugal
21 Oct 10
no angelic^^ but maybe you should tell her to put a bigger age so that wont attract perverts online^^ that way she can be safe and playing games happy^^ also if she put the chat as offline there is no danger^^ she just play online games and dont have to chat with no one besides her school friends if she wish to^^ dont worry as long as she is happy and playing only thats safe^^
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
21 Oct 10
I believe a child can have a facebook account if it is closely monitored by an adult. it wouldn't be wise to give a child this kind of access alone. You just don't know what information could be seen that would be harmful if it was taken the wrong way.
• Philippines
21 Oct 10
I think it's o.k. because as far as i know kids right now already know how to play a computer. I think face book is o.k. to your child so that she will know the new technology right now.
• India
21 Oct 10
i dont think you should allow her to use it. rules are rules. its better to avoid the problems than to look for solution to it.
@jamed28 (1910)
• Philippines
21 Oct 10
The fact that Facebook itself don't allow minors to have an account, we should not also encourage minors such as your 10 years old niece to have a Facebook account. Social Networking is not for minors. We used to tell our children, don't talk to strangers, or never trust a strangers, the same way that we should not let our minor children to join Social Networking sites. We all know that in social networking sites, we meet not only those people that we know but also strangers. And believe me, those young people are more into meeting strangers that the older one.
• Philippines
21 Oct 10
If you are always with her when she uses her FB or that she can be trusted like my 9 year old daughter then why not let her use it. Provided that she shows you or her parents what she is doing there. I got lots of friends who let their young son or daughter use FB as well. It has no detrimental effect on them provided that you set limitations on the hours of usage. We use FB side by side it creates a bonding time between me and her because we love the same kinds of games. Like right now my daughter is playing Family Feud.
@glenn4jd (127)
• India
21 Oct 10
I think it is not wise for a 10 year old child to have a FB account or use the internet at all.... But if she really wants to use FB and only FB then let her use it and make sure you're around together when she logs in. Don't let her log in the internet by herself coz she might just happen to land up in other sites that are not suitable for kids at all. Beware......
21 Oct 10
There are so many people using facebook now and there WILL be a lot of creeps on there, i guess it is hard for some parents or relatives as when you say no to that child they say, well my friends have all got one, but it only takes a second for the wrong type of person to contact her and girls do like to keep secrets from adults, in my opinion i would say she is way too young to have a facebook account, but i guess it depends on how often she is monitored and how sensible she is, only you can really answer that. In all honesty i would just be really careful, you don't want things going wrong, but don't forget, she could always go to a friends house or the library and open an account there, so i feel it is best that before you possibly do allow her to have a facebook account, you talk to her first.
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
21 Oct 10
It is always a general rule to spare children from involving in the internet adventure because of the high risk it poses to their safety. I think for everybody to legally register in any websites, they should be 18 years old first. Though I also heard so many youngsters of today having accounts in different social networking sites despite their young age, personally, I don't think it is a good idea to let them involved, just a precautionary measures for their own safety.