Michelle Obama, Kids, and Facebook

Kids and Facebook - The Anti-Social MediaThere’s a lot of chatter about how Michelle Obama doesn’t want her daughters on Facebook.

The nerve of her! Protecting their security and making independent decisions about the way she raises her own children! How dare she?! Doesn’t she know that Facebook is the only way we communicate online that matters?

Still, both Obama daughters are under 13, the minimum age to use Facebook.  Can’t the The First Lady of the United States bend the rules just to let her two kids be on a monstrous social network where they will be open to attacks and messages from crazy people? Doesn’t she want to feed them into Facebook’s marketing monster?

Parents just don’t understand how to be cool in 2011.

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16 Responses to “Michelle Obama, Kids, and Facebook”

  1. Molly February 10, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Love it! So true! If we don’t want people telling us how to raise our kids how dare we b*tch about the way they do? And, hey, why doesn’t anyone start a KidBook? Just for kids who are under 18? Someone make millions off my idea and give me a car….

    • Jay February 11, 2011 at 7:55 am #

      They already have.

  2. Morgan February 10, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    I say we revolt. Against who? I’m still trying to figure that out.

    • Jay February 11, 2011 at 7:54 am #

      Just blame “The Man!”

      • Craig Batty February 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

        Personally, I feel that society is to blame. So let’s arrest THEM then. Easy.

  3. Dino Dogan February 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    dude…so true…btw, you’re getting some link love from me on saturday by way of Brankica’s blog :-) isnt social media great? oh, wait…I forgot who I was talking to :-p

    • Jay February 11, 2011 at 7:51 am #

      Social media is great Friday through Thursday.

  4. Brad February 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    If we let the kids Facebook, they might dip into the treasury for virtual carrots in Farmville.

    • Jay February 11, 2011 at 7:50 am #

      We can’t have them eating virtual carrots. Semi-real carrots only!

  5. Dean February 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    @Molly re: why doesn’t anyone start a KidBook? Actually…

    even webkinz

    gateway drugs for Facebook ;P

    • Jay February 11, 2011 at 7:40 am #

      Hooray for getting them young and getting them early.

  6. John Morrow February 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    They’re probably afraid of the kids uploading pics of Dad taking a hit off that big ole bong he keeps in the kitchen.

    • Jay February 11, 2011 at 7:39 am #

      I was thinking that they were afraid of having them upload photos of zombie Lincoln.

  7. Chris_WhatsWhat.Me February 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Instead of ignoring social why not teach kids to be responsible digital citizens? There is an age appropriate, safe and secure social networking site for kids, check out WhatsWhat.Me and its Parent Resource Center. 

    There are organizations out there doing great work keeping kids safe on the internet. The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) cites that 99% of children ages 8-17 access the internet and spending 25% of their time social networking. The answer isn’t keeping kids off the internet, because they are going to be on social networks, regardless if their parents know or not.  Let’s teach kids how to be safe on the internet and instead of hiding them from it.

    While Facebook is definitely not appropriate for kids under 13 that doesn’t mean these “tweens” should be banned from social networks altogether. WhatsWhat.Me is a safe, secure, “kids-only” social network for “tweens” ages 7-13 – launches today using patent-pending facial recognition technology, moderation and kid-friendly features to teach kids positive online behavior, Internet safety and related life skills. Compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), WhatsWhat.me (Beta) provides an age-appropriate, “no-bullying allowed” community that requires parental permission to join.  For parents, WhatsWhat.me offers its online Parent Resource Center providing expert advice, news, Internet safety tips and information on cybersafety for children.

    • Jay February 11, 2011 at 7:59 am #

      Good info. Thanks!

      I do think it’s important that parents decide based on what is right for their own kids.

  8. Rico Mossesgeld February 14, 2011 at 1:30 am #

    As the Empress of America, Michelle is entitled to whatever she wants for her children. At least she’s aware of what Facebook can mean for her kids and their privacy, unlike so many parents who don’t realize they have a responsibility for their young ones’ surfing habits.

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