Old enough for the online world?
|February 10, 2012||Posted by Hajra under Children, Facebook, Life, People, Think|
Today, I am getting a little serious.
I was reading a post at Linda’s blog. You can read it here. She is a psychotherapist (yes, I hang around with them) and she talks about how Facebook maybe behind the cause of your kid’s gloom. And then we go on to debate whether 13 year is good enough old for Facebook.
So what does all that make me think?
When did I start using Facebook? I checked the timeline and saw that I used it first in 2003, I was about 17 then. And then, I went silent for four years and next used it in 2007. At 21 I was old enough; I wasn’t letting a social networking site determine my mood. I was depressed or joyful irrespective of what my online friends did.
Why was that? Did I grow up or was social networking not really the thing for me?
Now kids are allowed to use it 13.
If you think 13 is too young; then you should read this. A 21 year old Briton hanged himself because a girl “un-friended” him on Facebook after he confessed of his romantic feelings for her. And later her friends bombarded him with abusive messages. Now there may me many reasons for the suicide but yes it remains to be understood that his persona in the networking world was “destroyed” and he found no escape.
What does this REALLY make me think?
Now, I don’t have kids. And I figure by the time I have some, social networking will be the only way to interact… not hoping though. But what strikes me most is this – is there an age we grow up and can finally decide that yes, now I am old enough to have an online profile. Now, I am old enough to take my decisions for myself.
If you ask me, 13 is very young; but 21 is also young, very young in fact. But when is it that you are considered a responsible adult and can stand up for yourself in the big, bad online world?
You tell me.
I am just confused. So those of you, whatever stage you might be – with kids, without kids, planning to have kids, don’t know whether they want kids… think about this:
Do you think 13 is too young for social networking?
What ages are you letting your kids go all social networks crazy? Do you feel the need to keep watch?
Is there an age when we DEFINITELY grow up?
P.S. No one talks bad about kids at my blog at least; I don’t have children but I love kids. And if you talk derogatory, I will choose kids over your comments any day.