How Young is Too Young for a Facebook Profile?

How Young is Too Young for a Facebook Profile?

how young is too young for facebook?

My daughter Z asked me sign her up for Facebook. In which I quickly replied, NO. I didn’t even think about it.

To her unfair disadvantage, it could easily be that I had just been on Facebook dismayed by a friend’s sad taste in displaying tacky images of herself. But regardless, my then 7-year old wasn’t going to get her own profile.

Since that initial ask (my daughter is VERY persistent), several family members and a few friends with kids her age, have asked “Is Z on Facebook?”. This has had me thinking.

I love Facebook. Sure I complain – mostly about it’s ability to suck time right out from under me – but it has it’s purpose. And that purpose is connecting. Should I keep my 8-year old from that? What if I moderate and set her privacy settings up? I’m personally still not sold on it. Probably because I know my daughter’s smartness and her ability to potentially lock me out from her account.

But something I did think about – what if I had Facebook when I was 8. And what if through the years (minus the good friends and bad friends and the thought of cyber bullying!) – I had been able to keep in touch with them.

Now a days, sure I hate it when a friend moves away, but honestly sometimes with Facebook it’s like they didn’t even move. What if my daughter was able to experience that?

Mark Zuckerburg recently announced he thinks that children under the age of 13 SHOULD be able to use Facebook. As it stands now with COPPA, children under 13 are not permitted on the site (though there are several, with a few simple hacks such as not putting in your child’s REAL birthdate). Mark sees Facebook as an educational opportunity for children.

Zuckerberg said he wants younger kids to be allowed on social networking sites like Facebook. Currently, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) mandates that websites that collect information about users (like Facebook does) aren’t allowed to sign on anyone under the age of 13. But Zuckerberg is determined to change this.

“That will be a fight we take on at some point,” he said. “My philosophy is that for education you need to start at a really, really young age.”

But just how would Facebook’s social features be used by younger children?

“Because of the restrictions we haven’t even begun this learning process,” Zuckerberg said. “If they’re lifted then we’d start to learn what works. We’d take a lot of precautions to make sure that they [younger kids] are safe.”

Read more on cnn.com

Image source and read another opinion of kids on Facebook: http://unbiasedreview.org/is-facebook-safe-for-kids/

What Are Your Thoughts? How Young Is TOO Young?

Tweet & Facebook For Military Families!

Tweet & Facebook For Military Families!

blue star families

I love working with Lifetime.  Today I received an email announcing a new campaign running this weekend benefiting Military families thru Blue Star Families.

Who is Blue Star Families?

Blue Star Families is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, created by real military families.  They are committed to supporting one another through the unique challenges of military service and asking the larger civilian population to help as well, connecting military families regardless of rank, branch of service or physical location, and empowering military family members to create the best personal and family life possible for themselves.  (Learn more at bluestarfam.org)

Lifetime has partnered with BroadCause.com and is donating $1 for each tweet or facebook post about the upcoming season about Army Wives. Give a tweet and help Blue Star Families!  Lifetime is donating up to $50,000!

Help By Giving a Tweet or Facebook Post!

Visit broadcause.com and give a tweet and Facebook post – Lifetime donates a $1 for each to Blue Star Families!

Army Wives

Army Wives’ fifth season will premiere this Sunday, March 6, at 9:00 PM ET/PT. The most successful series in Lifetime’s 27-year history, Army Wives follows the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women – and one man – living with their spouses and families on an active army post. The series stars Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Brigid Brannagh, Brian McNamara, Sterling K. Brown, Wendy Davis, Drew Fuller, Terry Serpico and Catherine Bell.

Check out Army Wive season 5 premiere THIS Sunday at 10:00 pm ET on Lifetime.

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Immediately following Army Wives at 10:00 pm ET/PT, Lifetime will premiere its all-new reality series Coming Home, featuring U.S. armed forces service members’ surprise family reunions after serving long tours of duty on behalf of the country. In paying tribute to American armed forces personnel and their families, Coming Home will follow the unforgettable and inspiring surprise reunions of members of all five branches of the military with their spouses, children, parents and other loved ones as they return home from active duty throughout the world. Coming Home is hosted by former American Idol finalist Matt Rogers.

Full disclosure: I am a Lifetime Moms affiliate, while I do not personally benefit from posting this – I do receive compensation from Lifetime via advertisements posted on this site.

Modern Nativity Story – If Mary & Joseph Were Alive Today.

Modern Nativity Story – If Mary & Joseph Were Alive Today.

This was originally posted on 12/21/2010. Today this video has generated over 10 million views. Keep spreading the good word and Merry Christmas!

What if the Christmas Story took place in 2010? Would Mary and Joseph be on Facebook? What if Mary had an iPhone and a Joseph had a gmail account? What if Google maps could lead the way? What if Mary & Joseph could check-in on Four Square?

Mary & Joseph in Modern Times

This is the modern nativity story, or the Christmas story shows how social media would have changed how Jesus’ birth would of been announced.

modern nativity story

Check out these 2 video stories featuring what if’s in regards to the Christmas Story if it happen today. They’ve taken what we have available today to make this timeless story of Jesus’ birth something we all can relate to. 

The Digital Story of the Nativity

How social media, web and mobile tell the story of the birth of Christ. I love the creativity put into this and seeing the Christmas story told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, Gmail, Foursquare, Amazon. I hope that they keep re-creating this each year with each new social media and online trend. This is a story that everyone should know, but told this way makes it totally relatable. 

 

 

We are tracking views of this viral video:

2,745,431 views – 12/21/10
12,046,761 views – 12/12/12 – peaked.
12,554,253 views – 10/15/14

A Social Network Christmas

We are tracking views of this viral video:
280,659 views – 12/21/10
1,628,655 views – 12/12/12 – peaked
1,855,593 views – 10/15/14

A Social Network Christmas is another version of the Christmas story, but with a creative twist. This video is an artistic take on how the story of the nativity might have read had a social network existed at the time of Jesus’s birth. Follow this historical period as it unfolds as a digital narrative. This vignette is great for highlighting the truths and circumstances of our Savior’s birth in a fresh, unique way.

by IgniterMedia.com

Farm Ville, Mafia Wars & Yo Ville ATTACK 7-11!

Farm Ville, Mafia Wars & Yo Ville ATTACK 7-11!

Farm Ville attacks 7-11

Date night last weekend, we pull up to 7-11, becuase we are classy folks who have no expendible income right now due to 3 children in childcare. So no fancy date here.

Farm ville and Mafia Wars

Anywhoo, after walking into 7-11, I noticed the place had been attacked by ZYNGA. Zynga is the maker of Farm ville, Yo Ville and Mafia Wars.

Farm ville exclusive cups, waters, ice cream – silly silly silly – and the same thing with Mafia Wars.this and that. Purchase a Farmville or Mafia Wars promo item and get a code to redeem online.

As silly of a promotion as this seems, at the end of the day – I think Zynga knows what they are doing – and so does 7-11. They are expanding their reach in unconventional ways. Who would of ever thunk, you can raise a farm on Facebook? OR that you can run a mafia on Facebook?


Zynga donating money for the greater good

On a HAPPY note… Zynga is said to be worth over $3.3 BILLION dollars *putting pinky near face and laughing Dr. Evil style*. It’s one thing for a company to make money. BUT when the company finds creative ways to raise money and uses it for the greater good of the world, my heart smiles. Continue building your farm people, and that mafia to – just make sure when purchasing virtual products that will benefit a greater causer. Check out Zynga.org for details.

Zynga is committed to transforming the world through virtual social goods. Zynga players have made real change by raising millions for several international nonprofits since Zynga.org launched in October 2009.

Players have purchased virtual social goods within Zynga games that have benefitted earthquake victims, families without clean water, and children in Haiti through school lunch programs. Zynga.org is also building a new school, focusing on education and futures for the children of Mirebalais, Haiti.


Here are some more papparazzi shots from the inside of 7-11. I know the 7-11 clerk totally thought I was either a freak, a secret shopper, or both. And yes, that is totally ice cream AND water with Yo Ville & Farm Ville.


Mafia Wars


Zynga YoVille Mafia Wars FarmVille

Mafia Wars Super BIG GULP

Farm Ville Ice Cream

Yes, that is YoVille Water