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

    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


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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
    Unless you tie your kids up in a room with no electronic gadgets, they're going to do what they do at age 12. It's like when I deemed our house a no video game house, no problem, but I would be a fool to think they weren't playing video games at their friends' houses. So unless they have no cellphone, no access to computerized gadgets of their friends, and every minute of their time online at home is 100% lorded over.... they're going to have a twitter account if they want one. Most 12 year olds are more app savvy than their parents.
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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    Twitter? No. I MIGHT consider Facebook at 12 as long as I ensured he used the proper security options and only friended people he knew personally. As far as Twitter or discussion forums like this, I think I would feel more comfortable if they waited until they entered high school.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Unless you tie your kids up in a room with no electronic gadgets, they're going to do what they do at age 12. It's like when I deemed our house a no video game house, no problem, but I would be a fool to think they weren't playing video games at their friends' houses. So unless they have no cellphone, no access to computerized gadgets of their friends, and every minute of their time online at home is 100% lorded over.... they're going to have a twitter account if they want one. Most 12 year olds are more app savvy than their parents.
    The question isn't what they are going to do, it's is it appropriate?


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

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    The question isn't what they are going to do, it's is it appropriate?
    When reality outranks appropriate, it's a fool's errand to be concerned about the latter and instead should prepare the 12 year old to properly handle the former.
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    Re: Is it appropriate for a 12-year-old to use Twitter?

    Here we go with age standards again, so what should mommy and daddy government make the minimum age to use Twitter?
    "Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    When reality outranks appropriate, it's a fool's errand to be concerned about the latter and instead should prepare the 12 year old to properly handle the former.
    Ah, the old "well they're gonna do it anyways" approach. Gee, I have no idea why kids are so out of control these days.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    Here we go with age standards again, so what should mommy and daddy government make the minimum age to use Twitter?
    How about just, mommy and daddy?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    When reality outranks appropriate, it's a fool's errand to be concerned about the latter and instead should prepare the 12 year old to properly handle the former.
    Sorry, I don't understand what you're saying. When does the words of the parents outrank what the 12 year old wants? How about sex? Drugs? ...


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

    Quote Originally Posted by countryboy View Post
    Ah, the old "well they're gonna do it anyways" approach. Gee, I have no idea why kids are so out of control these days.
    THESE days? Seriously? Kids have always done behind their parents backs what they wanted to do. So instead of being an ignorant parent, one should make sure that the child has the input to handle the situations as well as possible, as well as discussing how and when "inappropriate" choices are getting out of hand and need adult assistance. If the child is taught only abstinence from what it wants, but as many kids will, chooses to do "it" anyway, then if things go wrong, that child no longer feels safe or assured that going to the parent is the right choice. I never wanted that to be a worry for my kids. Better that they are informed, fairly warned, and ... most important know that if they choose to be stupid, I still would have an open door to discuss any related issues with.

    This philosophy worked very well for us. My son's friends all began drinking around age 13, so did he. My son's friends didn't have parental access regarding the issue, mine did... so when they all decided to graduate from booze to meth, my son didn't and left the group, why because he could come to me and be honest and straight forward about what was going on without worried that I had forbade and therefore there'd be punishment for even admitting anything. Isolation from parents caused by parents stubborn refusal to accept realities is bad for kids.
    jallman: "It's all good. At least you have a thick skin and can take being poked fun back at without crying. "

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