So, your tween wants a facebook account. Around middle school or earlier your child will begin to express a “need” and I repeat “need” to have a facebook account. Seems harmless enough and for the most part it is but there are a few things you and your child need to discuss. Namely privacy – who and how do people have access to their information. When I brought up privacy with my tween its immediate effect was a pronounced eye roll.
Contrary to her dramatic expression, my tween does not want to live her life on the front page. When asked, she does not want her information available for everyone to see. But it is hard for her to understand the permanence of data and foresee the consequences of over sharing. She wants to control her information but is often baffled by the privacy settings.