I have noticed with each passing year, Jenna has had friends or acquaintances join Facebook – which has an age restriction – and I know for a fact that they are all younger than required age.
There have been some who've asked for her email address and we have given out mine, as Jenna does not have one. She did have one through the school, but has forgotten it. But I don’t imagine she could start a facebook account with a school email address anyway.
I could pay 50 cents to start an email account for her – or lie about her age – which evidently is what most of her friends or acquaintances (or their parents) have done. How important is it for her to have this that we need to lie about it? Thus she still isn’t on facebook.
The novelty will where off – even with the JibJabs – which is her favorite part about going on facebook right now anyway. Laughing at her silly uncle who has children who enjoy telling him what pictures to use and then laughing at themselves as their heads move to animated bodies.
There are pros and cons to being on facebook. Many people have connected through facebook. Many have been slandered or lost their jobs. Users need to be wise. But there is still corruption that the user can’t always control.
It is far more important to me to teach Jenna honesty than to have her engage in the temporary satisfaction of being on Facebook. She’ll get there soon enough.