I Don't Like FacebookI have had 2 experiences with facebook that shows just how dangerous it can be for kids. The first involves my then 6yr old, I was told by a couple of friends that they had seen my daughters picture on facebook both said it was a beautiful picture but wondered if it was suitable for facebook. That was news to me as we don't have a facebook account and I don't allow photos of my kids on the computer.
My friend and I then checked out this photo after requesting to become friends with the person who had posted the photo, it turned out I knew who the woman was only because she was the girlfriend of my babysitters father. She accepted the request without asking my friend any questions about herself Shelly (my friend) could have been anyone but she was not checked out at all.
We went into this womans photos and there is was a picture of my little girl lying on the grass as a summer concert hands behind her head looking back at the camera (looks like her name was called and she just looked up then snapped)As I said a beautiful picture BUT only for my wall not facebook to the wrong type of person it could have been seen as provoctive. So whats the problem right!! well this woman had over 1500 friends listed and anyone of them could do as we did and just went in and downloaded the photo. So you ask well she also had my daughter TAGGED with her full name (surname included) her age 6 and the town, date and place that the photo was taken. the only yhing missing was an arrow saying here she is come and get her. I live in a small town with only 3 primary schools to any sick freak out there she would not be hard to find.
I was so bloody angry I found this woman told her to take it down (it was there for a month before I found out) she said whats the big deal, well the deal is she is MY daughter and I don't want her on facebook and that is my choice. I had to threaten to go to the police before she aggreed to remove it. NO children should be allowed on facebook esspecially photos.
The second episode involed my 9yr old my babysitter (16 and no longer my babysitter) signed Em up but signed her in as a 13yr old I have family members on facebook who said they would keep an eye on Em and I only allow her to use it on my mobile phone but I didnot know that there was an age limit of 13.
A 43yr old male tried to make friends with her!!!!! Now what the hell does a 43yr old want to be friends with a 13yr old (so he thought)
does that scare anyone else cause it sure scared me. He tried to make an arrangment to meet her and take her to a movie. That one I handed over to the police and shut down her facebook account, Facebook is banned from this house in all forms and will be for the forseable future.
A dangerous place for children so parents beware and watch what your kids are up too closely.