View Poll Results: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

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

    I don't think anybody of any age should use Twitter.

    Same with Facebook.

    Smart phones too.
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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    I don't think anybody of any age should use Twitter.

    Same with Facebook.

    Smart phones too.
    If only you also felt that way about forums, such as this one…
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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    There are many places a 12 year old can encounter strangers. The internet is one place, the real world is another. If your 12 year old is interested in hanging out with strangers it is better that they do it on the internet. But if you let them know the danger of talking to strangers, you should also let them know that applies also to Twitter, because the people who are too creepy to go out in public are on Twitter. But you can't protect them from ever encountering another human being when you're not around. You have to prepare them, not just protect them. And at 12 they are (sometimes) old enough to be allowed some independence. Better to let them learn a lesson on twitter than to have them do it in the real world.
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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Blaylock View Post
    When I was that age, much better was expected of a 12-year-old than a Twitter-level of illiteracy and truncated thought.
    Greetings, Bob Blaylock.

    When I see young people today totally absorbed in Twitter, I imagine them in 20 years having very oversized thumbs because they use them constantly to send messages. It reminds me of the Brothers Grimm fairytale Rumplestiltskin, who had an oversized thumb because he used his to spin straw into gold on the spinning wheel. Now if we could get those Twitter users to learn the secret on how to do that, we have the answer on how to eliminate our $18 trillion dollar debt! We've got the straw, we've got the Twitter users, we've got a government that loves to spend money - all we need is the secret on how it's done and they'll have jobs for life, which also cuts down on unemployment costs! win-win!

    *Hey, it's Saturday night and I'm sitting in front of a computer instead of out partying somewhere - don't blame me for this trip to fantasyland - I've heard worse from some politicians!* :

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Blaylock View Post
    If only you also felt that way about forums, such as this one…
    Yes - it would be nice if there were no such things.
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