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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    This is exactly why parents should not allow their kids to use it. They should be told that if they did use social media they might get threats of all sorts.
    I understand the need to protect our kids, but doesn't this put the onus on the victim?

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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    I understand the need to protect our kids, but doesn't this put the onus on the victim?
    No, I don't think so, the person who made the threat is at fault and should be punished if caught.


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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    The obvious problem here is that the Internet makes cyberbullying far easier, and restricting kids from using social media is a roundabout way to solve that problem. Cyberbullying needs to be curbed and the Internet should not be a place one has to worry about harassment.
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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    This is exactly why parents should not allow their kids to use it. They should be told that if they did use social media they might get threats of all sorts.
    Uhm, that happens in real life too. And really shouldn't parents instead of trying to protect a kid from reality, teach him how to handle it. I mean good gracious I can't count the number of death threats I've gotten in my life. Some people just don't back down and it pisses other people off, so we get threats. We should learn/teach to handle them, not pretend they don't exist.
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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    Quote Originally Posted by SocialDemocrat View Post
    The obvious problem here is that the Internet makes cyberbullying far easier, and restricting kids from using social media is a roundabout way to solve that problem. Cyberbullying needs to be curbed and the Internet should not be a place one has to worry about harassment.
    I don't agree with this, instead except in cases where a life is seriously threatened, we need instead to teach how not to be bully-able. Particularly when it's just words on a screen. And btw, I DO NOT believe that ignoring bullying is a solution, it never works. But there are solutions and they can be taught.

    For example, someone calls me a bitch, (I know hard to believe, but it happens all the time), my response is "you say that like it's a bad thing," with a huge cheshire cat smile, and then wink at them. Disarms 'em every time.
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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    A far, far bigger question is what kind of sick **** sends anyone, let alone a twelve-year-old, death threats.

    BTW I believe that online death/rape/other violence/etc. threats are not taken seriously enough by most law enforcement authorities. Malicious trolls know this and thus know that in most cases, they will be free to threaten with impunity.
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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    This is exactly why parents should not allow their kids to use it. They should be told that if they did use social media they might get threats of all sorts.
    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    I understand the need to protect our kids, but doesn't this put the onus on the victim?
    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    No, I don't think so, the person who made the threat is at fault and should be punished if caught.
    Would you make the same argument for rape? Women shouldn't drink/get drunk in public as that might cause their defenses to go down and open them up to bad actions from bad people.

    Same argument, really, just different circumstances.
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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    I don't see a problem with it. My son and his friends tweet each other. I know my sons account information. I know who he follows and what he says. He finds it fun. He'll check with me before following any public figures or things I would find questionable because he knows he'll lose his phone and laptop if he makes dumb choices. The problem isn't that the kid is on twitter, the problem is that the other morons threatening a 12 year old are on twitter.
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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?
    yeah, i'd probably let my kid use Twitter. i would keep an eye on it, though.

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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    I'm asking the question because of this story I found at Newsbusters. As liberal parents we would not have allowed our kids to use if it was available then.

    12-Year-Old Black Conservative Receives Twitter Death Threats for Being
    Why not?
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