Are you on Facebook?
Silly question, right?
I am. You are. Most of us are. Not only has it been a great way to reconnect with old friends (I think our next high school reunion might actually have more than ten people attend!), but it's my main source for information about my local friends as well. I read the highlight through their status updates, we organize playdates and parties and gossip by sending messages. Besides Gmail, it's the one site I have to check every morning before I leave for work.
Recently, two of my friends children added me as friends. These kids are tweens, between the ages of 9 and 13. A category two of my own kids fall into. I was surprised to see them there and even more surprised when I perused their friends lists and saw many other girls that I know from the area.
I didn't even consider Kristyn and Erin joining Facebook as a possibility.
Not that I judge - it just never entered my mind. When I poked around it all seemed quite harmless and cute. There were few photos and their parents were all on their friends lists, so I know they're watching what's going on. When I consider how I use Facebook, I can see why it would be an attractive tool for my girls as they get older. Both girls have email accounts, which have helped them stay in touch with friends over the summer. They both know that I get first dibs on reading and can log in at any time. Still, I doubt it would ever occur to them that they could use email as anything sneaky or weird.
I've heard of some social networking sites for kids, such as Club Penguin and Webkinz, and really like the idea. We actually talked about letting them a Club Penguin account, but you do have to pay for certain things on the site and that's just not somewhere I want to spend my money.
I'm curious to hear what others think about this. I can tell you all kinds of stuff about giving birth and diapering or why I don't think you should spank your kid, but when as my kids get older, I'm pretty much feeling the wall in the dark looking for the switch. My girls are getting to an age where not screwing them up is getting really, really important.
Break it down for me, folks.