As parents it is our responsibility to help our kids navigate Facebook. Silently. Below are 10 rules written by tweens and teens for you.
1. Don’t write on my wall. If you want to tell me something, text me.
2. Don’t post dorky or baby photos of me and tag me in them. They might be cute to you but I don’t enjoy when my friends make fun of me.
3. Don’t friend my friends. Think of it as a slumber party. You aren’t supposed to hang out with us. It’s creepy. It’s not fun to have the creepy mom on Facebook. Or anywhere really.
4. Don’t comment on photos I’m tagged in. It’s like having Aunt Betsy squeeze my cheeks.
5. Don’t tell all your friends a story about me on Facebook, for example that my bedroom is a mess or that I have a new girlfriend and tag me in the post. Humiliating. You wouldn’t much like it if I shared your “issues” on Facebook.
6. Don’t micromanage my wall posts. If I do something REALLY offensive make me take it down. But remember I am a teen and say stupid things. Please understand the difference.
7. I promise not to post inappropriate photos of myself and it would be great if you would do the same.
8. Remember what you always tell me. You aren’t my friend, you are my mom. Please take that advice on Facebook.
9. Using LOL? Stop now.
10. I know you are stalking my Facebook page. But show some restraint. Just like in my sports, your job is from the sideline, not on the field.
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