Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.
Facebook currently requires that users be 13 years or older to have an account. While some parents think even 13 is too young, the company has considered reducing age restrictions. But even under the existing set-up, it's easy for children to circumvent the current restrictions by being less-than-honest about their age.
That brings us to this week's question.
When should a child be allowed to start their own Facebook account?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.
Vito Minneci: We allowed our oldest to have one on his 13th birthday.... no sooner! — Batavia Patch Facebook
Tommy Janito: 14-16. and keep an eye on the privacy settings. Also, our rule, they can only be friends on Facebook with people they actually know in real life. — Elmhurst Patch Facebook
Kelly Stare Guzniczak: My kiddo just turned 13 (today.) We are letting her get an account today. — Geneva Patch Facebook
Donna Mills-Wilken: No earlier than 13 — Glen Ellyn Patch Facebook
Veronica Valentino Severe: 18, so they can keep in touch with their friends after graduation. — Lisle Patch Facebook
Tara Kratzer-Opalski: My 10-year-old daughter just asked me for a FB account. I said "no" — Naperville Patch Facebook
Caroline Hill Cayton: My daughter was 14 with the requirement she had to friend me and I have her password. Never really had problems with her posts. Other parents apparently do not monitor their kids posts as my daughter had to remove multiple people as friends for their inappropriate posts. — St. Charles Patch Facebook
Saiward Brown: Our kids are only allowed on the computer in a shared part of the house i.e. family room, tv room, kitchen NOT in their rooms. They must also friend us on FB and give us all usernames/passwords they create so that we can check out their account whenever we want. Its also based on maturity level and whether they can handle it. I have one son who is on FB and another who will not be allowed on FB for quite some time. I believe its our job as parents to walk through the journey of online safety with our kids and teach them how to behave appropriately and safely while online. — Wheaton Patch Facebook