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K3 with social network accounts..

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    K3 with social network accounts..

    Hi,

    I just would like to hear the opinions of others regarding young children having a Social Network account. I am a NET teacher of K3 and so many of my students have a social network account which really astounds me.

    I personally believe that children this young should be socialising with actual children and not a computer screen. When I see these children in my class being socially incompetent on so many occasions - it really makes me think what some parents are actually thinking? Do you allow your kids to have a social networking account? I do understand the need for IT knowledge - don't get me wrong. Parents must be signing kids up for accounts.

    Let me know what you think!

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    i can't agree with you more. I've got a 27mths daugther. although i can help sign up a FB a/c for her (with fake BOD), i just don't bother to do so. I can't understand why my friends would fake it for the sake of setting up an a/c for the newborn!

    What's happening to this world? If we continue to live and interact like this, am sure we will create our 'end of the day' soon.

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    It does sound scary. I have a girl going into K3 this Sept. I was planning on getting her her own computer for her birthday, since she can browse around websites with ease now. Hmm, having second thoughts now, coz that only legitimizes this social networking thing. I am sure they are going get peer pressure from classmates and we can only put this off for so long... how should we handle this? hmm..

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    Yes, it's certainly a scary sign of the times, especially when you think of the potential for child abductions, sexual harrassment and sexual crimes. I can't get over how socially advanced the little kids are these days. But I don't think a lot of parents in their right minds would lie about their little kids' age to get them a FB account. I think the kids are doing it themselves, especially as they are starting to know their way around computers more than their parents these days!
    It's a nice heads up for me to think about how I want to raise my children as they get older.

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    My son is just coming up to six years of age and does not have a FB account or anything like it. He has never felt peer pressure to have one. He is very competent on the computer and likes to play on the playhouse disney and cbeebies sites but has never asked about any social networking sites. He does, however, go on skype to speak to family back home in the UK and is aware how to access this but he is never alone while on the computer, so I have no issues with him using it.

    He also plays some on line games on the playstation with his dad "little big planet" is his favourite bacause you can build worlds etc and there is some "chat" on there but we had a conversation with him about "stranger danger" so he is aware that he does not give out any information at all over the internet or the playstation and he does not have a hedset for this so has to type if he talks and we have to help him spell lots of the words so again we are aware what is happening on there.

    I find it scarier when we are at places like disney and strangers come up and start taking pictures of my children. In the UK if there was somebody in the street taking pictures of your children you would call the police but over here it is seen as somewhat normal but I still find it strange and dont cope very well with it.

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    My 8 year old isn't interested in Facebook, but he does love Club Penguin which is a social networking site for kids and their Penguins :) Disney bought them out last year.

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    wow! maybe i'm behind the times, but my 5.5 yr old uses our computer about once per month for about 10 minutes (mostly to colour pictures).

    i do NOT want to get any playstation etc for a long time. i have seen too many kids get one and then no longer enjoy going outside to play etc.

    as for "buying a computer" for my child? NO WAY! they will get our old one and WE, the parents, will get the new one!

    there is so much for little ones to experience first-hand, to do so sitting in front of a computer screen is just sad.

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    ps> my kids dont' even know about disney sites etc. as far as they know, there are "mummy and daddy games" on the computer and it's never occurred to him that there might be games for kids, too.

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