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Toddlers and Facebook

by T Akery | December 2nd, 2011 | Infants/Toddlers

Facebook is a social networking site made for adults. In fact, if you read their terms of service, a person has to be at least 13 years old to create an account. As tempting as it might be to create a Facebook page for your toddler, it is not the best idea.

Privacy is a major concern when using Facebook. Pretty much anyone can find out information about your toddler even though you may have their page in total lock down. It is difficult to keep your toddler’s profile from being viewed by total strangers. The best privacy on the internet is not to post at all. Remember, pictures can say more to other people than parents mean them to say.

Toddlers really don’t understand the concept of social networking. To them, the people around them are their social network. They perceive things with their senses and not words on a screen. While they may admire a picture or two, they aren’t going to be that interested in posting updates or keeping up with other family members.

They also have a knack of doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. This means that random clicking can turn off privacy settings, open up unwanted ads, and do other things that you don’t necessarily want done.

Lately, Facebook has been inundated with objects and images that you don’t want your toddler to be exposed to. These types of ads are not easily avoided. They seem to invade at the most inconvenient times.

Toddlers are really too young to grasp all of the intricacies and pitfalls of Facebook. They aren’t yet ready to have friends that they can’t play with.

It just isn’t a good idea to expose your toddler on Facebook. A toddler’s world revolves around things they can see and imagine. Things they can interact with. Facebook just doesn’t provide the stimulation that they need.

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