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Divorcing Dad Wants Limits on Children's Media Exposure

Nos Nevets Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 8:55 AM
I don't know that I agree with completely cutting a kid off facebook at 17. The goal is at 18 (maybe 21) that they will be functioning adults. Let's assume you think functioning adults should know how to use Facebook very judiciously & sparingly, then your goal should be that by 17 your kid should be using Facebook judiciously & sparingly, by now with minimal guidance from you. Yeah, theory. Mine are raised.
Tired in Texas Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 2:43 PM
The father was saying that Facebook useage should be limited until the kids were 17, not that they should be cut off at 17.

I have been a Facebook user for about 2 years and am always amused by the number of "friends" some people have. I have less than 12 friends and about 30 family that I stay in touch with via Facebook and email. Otherwise, I talk to my friends face-to-face. The mother's statement "that this is how kids stay in touch these days, and do I want them to have friends or not?" is ridiculous, considering they see these friends every day in school. And if they don't see them in school, are they really "friends"?
David238 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 2:16 PM
I tend to agree with you. By the time I was 18 I was out of the house and successfully on my own. My own two kids are now grown and one struggled for a little bit but has since joined the Navy and is doing quite well. The other is finishing his last semester at a community college and then will be off to UC Davis. I can't imagine my kids being ready for adulthood if I had limited their freedom to make decisions to such an extent that they couldn't even use Facebook until they were 17.

From this week’s email, a message from a dad whose ex-wife doesn’t share his concerns about the influence of the culture on their high schooler and preteens:

To: Marybeth

From: A concerned dad

How do you suggest defending against the culture’s assault on childhood when it starts coming via an “inside job”? My soon-to-be ex previously saw and resisted it, but in recent years has pretty much switched rather than fight.

For example, it bothers me that she lets our high schooler play games with unacceptable content (violence and sexual themes), and allows the younger ones...