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For my kid’s first birthday, I got him a Facebook account

By Dan Pearce |

On Noah’s first birthday, I opened him a Facebook account.

Yeah, you heard me. When he turned one, I turned on the big blue button for him, and I’ve never regretted it.

He’s five now. And he has no clue what Facebook is. He’s still at the point where the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse website is all he really needs or wants.

But in the background, something kind of neat is happening.

His life is being digitally scrapbooked for him.

I Opened My Kid a Facebook Account

I have a big family. Nine brothers and sisters, a bazillion cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and of course my mom and dad (the coolest grandparents evah). That means we do a lot of stuff. And when we do stuff, cameras always come out.

He also has his mom and stepdad, and their siblings, and their family, and their parents, and their friends. And believe me, I’ve seen cameras come out on that side of the fence plenty of times, too.

Now, I’m a creative bloke. I’m artistic. But I’m also too busy to learn how to scrapbook, nor would I ever do it if I did have time. Some parents (like my sister) are incredible scrapbookers and at any time they can pull out one of a thousand scrapbooks of their kids and see what was going on in their lives at any point in time.

I’m never going to have that.

Unless I get onto Facebook.

You see, whenever I take pictures of Noah, I tag him in them. Whenever his mom or stepdad take pictures, he gets tagged. Whenever my parents or his mom’s parents take pictures, he gets tagged. Whenever his aunts and uncles take pictures, he gets tagged.

Same goes for videos.

As of this moment, there are 2,280 photos and videos of Noah on his Facebook account. When I open his photos page, and start scrolling down I see the daddy-son date we had last weekend. I see moments with his new baby brother, soccer games, parties with cousins, Nana camps, projects with his stepdad, dates with his aunt Amy, outings with Buddha, his Halloween costumes, times we played in the snow, boating excursions, camping, and more. I see the first time I gave him a haircut, his first rodeo, and the first time I took him to Disneyland. And since I caught him up when I opened his account, I can actually go back and see his baby photos, his big developmental milestones, and clear back to when he was covered with goop, only seconds old.

With the click of a button, I can watch videos of him opening presents, laughing, destroying his first birthday cake, and having complete meltdowns as a two-year old.

And you know what, I love that I can do all that. I love that when I’m missing my kid, I can within seconds have so much of him at my fingertips.

I love that when he turns 18, I will be able to hand him his entire life, documented from day one, and tell him to “take good care of it.”

I love that I get to see photos that I might not ever have seen if I didn’t have the account. I get to see some of the fun things he gets to do when he’s not with me. I get to see some of the people he loves that I don’t really know. I get to see a big part of what makes my son that I might not otherwise have experienced or even known about.

And yes, I’ve heard parents decry Facebook for children. I’ve heard people shout out all sorts of things about privacy issues, and sex predators, and you name it.

Am I worried?

No.

Because I have control of it.

I set the privacy settings.

I have the login information.

I control who sees what.

I control who his “friends” are.

I control what stays and what gets removed.

I control it all.

I know who to trust and who not to trust. I know who to let see things and who not to let see things. I know what should be private and what should be extremely private.

And Facebook has done a good job giving me control of that.

They’ve also done something incredible with their new Timeline feature. They’ve given parents like me a chance to really make a cool “digital scrapbook.” I can add life events, and make it all pretty and snazzy and jazzy. And one of these days when I have a free couple of hours to spare, I’ll jump on that, too.

What they haven’t offered is a way for parents like me to do it without telling a fib. I had to tell an untruth about Noah’s birth year when I signed him up. And while I see a real need for Facebook not to be made openly available to young people (I actually think the current minimum age is too young), I think they should create an option for parents who want to own and control accounts for their children and who want to start documenting their children’s lives the way I have Noah’s.

So, yeah. I opened a Facebook account for my kid on his first birthday. And I’ve never regretted it.

How about you. Do any of you have Facebook accounts for your young children? Do you see the value in starting an account for them when they’re young? Do you think it’s risky or dangerous or do you think a parent who wants to can control it just fine?

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

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80 thoughts on “For my kid’s first birthday, I got him a Facebook account

  1. sarah mickalson says:

    I dont have a fb account but i have a private blog only i know of. I put pics and moments on it and then one day ill have it made into a book.

  2. Caroline says:

    I think you may have your next big idea Dan! Facebook wasn’t really made for what you are using it for but its perfect for it. There should be a place on Facebook for what you are doing with out having to lie. If I were you I’d contact Facebook and see about making it part of there format.

  3. Mary Schaefer says:

    My daughter just joined the Marines. I love that I can see pictures of her anytime I want. I can see what is happening in her life without actually being there. We’re trying to convince her dad to join FB so that he can keep up with all that’s going on in her life.

  4. Amanda Benson says:

    I opened an account for my son when he was 3. Just didn’t think of it before then! I’m not the scrapbooking type either, and I love how all of our family can see what’s going on in his life. He’s almost 5 now, and I log him on sometimes and let him type “I love you” on his dad’s or Nana’s wall. He has no clue how to log on himself, and only our family and very close friends can view his page. He can’t be found in a search. I think it’s wonderful!

  5. Michelle says:

    I would not allow my kids for the longest time. But they were enjoying the games their adult sister played, so she made them an account to play games. Which they did. Eventually, because sharing games between two people is an exercise in frustration and battles, I made a second account. They are linked to their family members. ….extremely private. I have the login info and can go on anytime I want. And I do. But what turned out to be the most special was that they were linked to their dad. He died almost 2 years ago. They’re still on his friends list. I memorialized his account and so nothing will change it.

    When my older daughter turned 13, I contacted FB from her account about needing to “correct” “my date of birth” and they did. When my younger child turns 13, I will do the same.

    I agree. Parents should be able to have these accounts for their children. I agree that it sucks we must lie. And I absolutely agree that kids shouldn’t be able to create the accounts themselves.

  6. Emily says:

    When my daughter was born I got her an email address, before somebody else could get it… I never use it but she will some day. Her name, Jaelyn, is becoming more popular and I figured that by the time she wants one, justjaelyn would be taken… Maybe Facebook is next, but it would not be hers until she’s 18.

  7. Terence Reilly says:

    That is a rather ingenious idea. I really don’t see an issue with what you have done.

    You may want to look into Path at https://path.com/

    It may be an even better choice to create a digital scrapbook. It also allows you to simultaneously post to Facebook if you link the accounts.

  8. Rachel says:

    Yes, I made a Facebook for my daughter when she was ten. Her father and I aren’t together, so before I did it we discussed it, then I gave him the logins for it, and to her (she really wanted to play a couple of the game apps, and had little to no interest in the social aspect of it.) She may not ‘friend’ anyone without permission from me or her dad (this comes up a lot now that she’s twelve), and so far it’s worked out just fine. My parents get to see the strings concert photos, the valentine’s dance photos, and they can even chat with her, which is good because they might see/speak to her once every other year without Facebook.
    Her father and I, and her soon to be stepdad, all work together to ensure she is safe online.

  9. Jennifer White says:

    I didn’t expect to agree with you on this one but what a great idea! Wish I heard this when mine were younger though! :)

  10. Stephanie says:

    I have to say that I am bothered by kids under the age of 13 who have facebook. I guess I am just a rule follower. I have a daughter who just turned 13 and I let her get facebook. Wait, til Noah gets to be that age. It is ugly the things that her friends post. To claim that it is a way to scrapbook for him is lazy. You all have those digital photos of him, so you already have those memories. I think it is wrong for someone to have a facebook page if they are not 13.

  11. Martin Wuestewald says:

    Hi Dan, I completely disagree and I feel that I have some good reasons. First off, facebook has some serious privacy issues, and you absolutely DO NOT have control over it. Every time Facebook makes changes to their site they reset your privacy settings. People have lost jobs and suffered other serious consequences do to this issue. Watch the CNBC “Facebook Obsession” documentary.

    Secondly, Facebook isn’t a scrapbook. Facebook probably isn’t going to even be around much longer. Scrapbooks are actually fun to make and are a run activity to do with your son. Just walk into a craftstore, tell them you’re a single dad and you want to make a scrapbook for your son, they’ll give you everything you need! I am a father of two children under 2, and even though I am married and they have an amazing mother, I don’t let that stop me from doing creative things with my son on my own so that he has them in the future. “Time Capsules” will be much more fun for your son than “time lines” I promise.

    What it comes down to for me is that Facebook is a public site and you are putting all of your sons personal information onto it for anyone in the world to find, and you only THINK you have control over it. But you don’t. Mark Zuckerberg does. And Mark Zuckerberg is 27 years old, and was still a kid when he started facebook. Facebook also uses all of it’s user information for advertising.

    I love your blog, but putting Noah on facebook until he’s 18 so that he can have a scrapbook when he’s 18 just seems more like an excuse to have a facebook for your 1 year old and not be judged as harshly for it. I understand that you are probably online a lot because of your job and it’s probably easier for you to just put all his pictures and stories on facebook, but if you don’t have enough time to sit down with Noah and make a real scrapbook with him, then maybe you should cut down on the blogging a bit.

    Much Love, and kudos on being such a great father.

  12. Erin says:

    Dan-
    My daughter is all over my Facebook page, and I agree it is one of the best ways to connect with friends & family all over the world. I think you make some great points, however this is something you didn’t consider… everything you post of Facebook then belongs to Facebook.
    From their Statement of Rights & Responsibilities
    For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
    This means that should Noah become famous someday, all the childhood pictures for the True Hollywood Story could be bought and sold by Facebook.
    I think you are on to something, maybe another social media format solely for parents sharing private photos and videos of their children. Could be the next big thing…

  13. Renee says:

    I have wanted for a long time for FB to have a ‘parental control’ feature or type of account. I would like to be able to set up an account for my kids (without having to lie) that gives me complete control over their information, interactions, time of day restrictions, etc. FB is a big scary world–even the most diligent of parents will cringe when they see some of what their kids see in the form of ads, pages ‘liked’, etc. I am doing what I can to manage this on my own with my daughter (who is 12) but I do think it is a missed opportunity for FB not to go ahead and design something like this. And then if you could create a scrapbook from your posts the same way many blog programs can–even better! Because while you will forever be able to see pictures and videos in Noah’s profile, what I find difficult is going back more than a few weeks to see status updates, wall postings, etc. Would be nice to be able to capture this for posterity….

  14. Erin says:

    Such a good idea! I’m expecting, and this is happening! All of my family is 1200 miles away, my boyfriends family is 700 miles away.. This would be the only way many of them could ever really know whats going on in our child’s life!

  15. Debbie says:

    I have also gotten my son a Facebook account, he is nearly 5, we have had it for around 2 years, before that, he had a bebo account.
    I am also a single parent, and my aim was to have another way to contact that side of his family, see pictures that they take etc, etc. His dad has not responded to his friend request. So it is mostly my family and a few select friends that he has.
    Maybe one day that side will realise I don’t care what they do, just what my son does.

  16. Nancy says:

    Hi Dan,
    This is a FABULOUS idea though the one comment that I was gonna make, as its now been said, but will re-emphasize that facebook do have teh rights to all our photo’s and videos.. they are not protected on facebook or ‘copyrighted’ just for our own use. For example, my son is a music writer and we discovered this clause existed and therefore it would be facebook’s right to copyright it and keep it for their own use (and if they make money on it my son would lose out). That’s why he does all his video and music tests via you tube and posts a link, keeps his rights to it. Just something to consider.
    Wanted to add I have thoroughly loved reading your blogs and wish more dads would take just as much interest as you are with yours.
    Nancy

  17. Kenny Contreras says:

    Dan,

    Ignore the extremists! I think it’s a great idea. As long as you stay on top of the settings everything should be fine. I would be grateful if I were Noah because you never know what can happen. My parents lost all of our memories in an incident that happened when they replaced the roof of our house, those memories are gone. A fire can completely destroy a hard drive and you can loose the digital files too. This way they will always be there. Keep up the good work, Dan!

  18. Nichole says:

    I think it’s a superb idea when the kids are young and don’t want to change anything mom or dad has done for them on the page. I do have a 14 yr old, however, and I know for a fact that had I done the same thing as you for her and given her access to said page at her age now, she’d have deleted half the stuff we all put up there as she’d find it embarrassing.

    So, what I would do is encourage my child to open a different facebook page for themselves for friends and social communication, and keep the special facebook page just for family, until the child is older and can make a mature decision.

    Cheers!

  19. Nikki says:

    I think the idea of easy digital scrapbooking is great – but there are other sites that could be used for this like http://www.flickr.com I don’t see an issue with privacy or any reason to be concerned on that aspect. My one question is – what is he going to do when he turns “old enough” for his own facebook account when he might not think it so cool to have his entire childhood for all of his friends to view?

  20. Sarah Naumcheff says:

    Dan, I really like what you are trying to do for Noah, I’m just worried that one day FB will crash and all those photos and memories (at least the ones you didnt take youself) will be gone forever. If I was you I would either spring to print out those photos and put them in a photo album where you can write a little caption next to them (I prefer regular photo albums to scrapbook anyways, I think you can see the photo for what it is instead of what the scrapbookers wants it to be with all the stickers and fancy papers and stuff). If you dont have the money to print them out then I would at least back them all up on CD’s and a couple of those internet storage places. Other than that, I think facebook is perfectly harmless as long as you are careful with privacy settings and make sure not to include information such as schools or things like that, also, make sure not to post where he’s going to be before he goes there, only post after the fact. (its a good tip for adults to not post where they are at at any given time either so that potential robbers wont know when your house is empty, especially since you’ve blogged about all the fancy electronics you have lol)

  21. Teri Dermody says:

    You do realize you have given Facebook full rights to the images of Noah, right? They pretty much own them at this point. I love the digital scrapbook idea, I agree that it will be awsome for him to see when he grows up.

  22. Megan Wynn says:

    This is an amazing idea..thanks for sharing it!!! <3

  23. Beth Brubaker says:

    Hate to rain on your parade, but I thought kids had to be 14 before opening an account in their name? Better check that before they shut his FB down- I’d hate to see you get in trouble for such a neat idea!

  24. Ann says:

    Excellent idea Dan and I think when Noah gets old enough to want a FB account (which trust me will be well before he is 18) on the outside he will think….uuggghhh Dad really but inside he is going to love looking back on his life. Wish FB would have been around 17 years ago when my oldest was born. Instead all his memories are stored in boxes in the basement. :o (

  25. Melissa says:

    My 3 year old has a FB account for the same reason. Family can leave him messages. I can post “status updates” to document what’s going on in his life right now. Photos and videos are there. I love the treasure that he’ll get someday (I hope when he’s old enough to appreciate it / own it, that it will all still be around and accessible.). I agree there should be a way to “legitimately” set this up for a little guy.

  26. Debbie says:

    I love the idea of being able to control a fb account for my young child… But there’s one thing. Fb has not been consistent and to put it simply, I don’t trust them to keep my privacy settings constant every time they change things around. I’ve had to reset my own settings at times and I’m not savvy enough to recognize when things are wrong.

  27. Christine says:

    There’s a reason that COPPA requires kids to be 13 before information can be collected about them, and kids have to lie about their age to have a Facebook. You can monitor content until you’re blue in the face, but your child has access to a lot more out of your control. I’ll keep my kid on Kidzui and Nick Jr. until she’s old enough to legitimately get an account.

    The government puts these rules into place to protect kids, and people circumvent these protections intentfully, and I feel it isn’t right. I’ll be glad to post pics and stories on my Facebook page for now. The only way I can know for sure that she’s protected.

    And. I am not a helicopter mom; my girl has plenty of autonomy ‘in real life’. I am just not in a big hurry for her to develop an online presence.

  28. Marisa says:

    I think this is a cute idea! I actually opened a hotmail account for my little man so that his dad and I could send him notes and attach pics about things that we did together or things he did that made us laugh, his first night in his big boy bed…etc. But I think this Facebook idea is a really good one…little less work for the other family members. If they are already posting, they can just tag him and keep going. I am going to do this. Thanks for the idea!

  29. Kris says:

    You have to be 13 I believe to have a FB page, so what you have to do is lie about their age. What exactly are we teaching our children when we open up a FB account for them before they are 13? We are teaching them that lying is OK. And it’s not.
    It’s one think for the parent to open up an account, but not in the child’s name. Lying is NOT OK…

  30. Christy says:

    I think that is a great idea! I also think that the age a child should have access to facebook should depend on their maturity and only IF you control their privacy and security settings and have their login info. Most kids 13-18 do not have access to over 18 accounts. My child learned to use a computer before he was 5 yrs. old. There is way worse things for them to see on the internet or at school then they will ever see on facebook. If there mature enough they will know not to talk to or add strangers. I think your idea for your son is awesome!

  31. Nicole Shelby says:

    I adore your idea for digitally documenting Noah’s life.

  32. Crystal P says:

    I don’t have FB pages for any of my kids, but document their lives through mine for the same reasons you mentioned. What’s been hard for me is that not only do I document their lives, I document mine and share it with my family that lives back east that I see once every five years (if that). It’s how I stay in touch with everyone, they see my kids grow, and see that our family is doing well because a picture is worth a 1000 words. What’s hard for me is that last year my first niece was born and we were forbidden to post pictures of her on our FB pages, blogs, or even send them through email for the fears that you also mentioned. I understand parents fears, but I see there are far worse things to be afraid of that are much closer to home that we have no control over. I think what bothers me most about their decision is how much it makes me censor what I’m posting. If she is ANYWHERE in the picture, I can’t post it. I have gotten to the point where I don’t even take my camera to family events that they are going to be at because I don’t want to deal with the hassle of having to pick and choose what moments I want to share from that particular moment in mine and my family’s life. I do what I can to respect their wishes, but I don’t think I’ll ever understand.

  33. Tina W says:

    I don’t have an account in my son’s name, but basically, my facebook account has become exactly what you have done for your son. I probably have friends/acquaintances on FB that could care less about everything my son does day in/day out, but I mostly started doing it for our long distant relatives. I’m sometimes surprised by the comments I get from friends on FB that I haven’t seen in 20+ years, regarding the antics of my son.

    I opened my account about a year before my son was born. He’s almost 3. His newborn pics were posted less than 24 hours after he was born. (My husband had a stroke 3 weeks before our son was born….after it took us nearly 19 years to have a child! It was an exhausting last month of my pregnancy.) I also documented my husband’s stroke and hospital stay. We ended up in the hospital at the same time and all 3 of us were discharged on the same day. So, we have that story to share with our son.

    I keep my privacy settings pretty tight and my FB friends are all people I know in real life. Even at his age, now, he likes to sit in my lap and scroll through all of my pictures.

  34. JoEllen says:

    I love it!! We started an account for my fiances grandbaby from about 3 months old. With that page we can ALL share pictures and vidoes of her life and her experiences together. She has close family in at least 4 states so this is a GREAT way to share her milestones with everyone who wants to see it daily. I agree with you, it’s about control. My 13 year old has a facebook, that I have all the sign in information and parental control that I don’t need to worry about things I shouldn’t have to. I monitor it and know who is okay and who isn’t.

  35. Lyz says:

    The first time I saw a FB account for a child, I’ll admit, I found it odd. But when I had my 2nd child, a daughter born in September, I set one up for her immediately. It contains so many pictures and milestones! I wish I had done it for my first child earlier although she also has one now, too :)

  36. Gleamer says:

    Be sure that you have backed everything up that is on Noah’s Facebook account. If Facebook deletes the account for violation of the age restriction or some other reason, it will be all gone in a blink.

  37. Ainsleigh says:

    I agree with what you have done….Fantastic! I guess my kids can see mine and have a blog going on through FB. I DO NOT however agree with kids having a FB account for themselves that they use to add their own friends and chat to people. I also agree FB age restriction is too low. There is no way of it being monitored once they are on there – regardless of what a parent thinks.

  38. Tracey says:

    BRILLIANT!!! I just love this! It’s also so awesome that everyone gets to participate and share…both dad and mom!!! It speaks volumes, and Noah will truly appreciate this someday. My son begged for a long time, and I reluctantly set up an account for my son when he was ten, but did so mostly because we moved out of state and wanted to encourage him to stay in touch with family and friends, and wanted him to be an outlet for him to share his “new life” with friends and family. I, too, was not concerned about predators, etc because I had 100% control ? Ironically, he has never spent (nor does he today spend) much time on FB, Its true, we always want what we can’t have. As always, thanks for sharing! I loved this post!

  39. Wildclover says:

    My 12 year old has been on various sites since before he could actually spell- I think we did Neo-Pets together when he was 3 1/2, and he was on Club Penguin at 4. He’s been on a lot of the heavily moderated kid sites, even been a community forum mod on a couple. We discuss idiots and evil folks who post, and I taught him the old ‘netiquette that is slowly dying out in the age of Twitter and texting. At 10 he was playing games with me using his mom’s character (or visa versa) so we could both be active when his other mom wasn’t on-line. Last year we set him up an account using a nickname and yes, lied about his age. The horror. Thing is, he’s safer and more responsible with his account than a lot of the adults that have been on my friend’s list, or that I’ve interacted with in groups.
    Meanwhile, a friend asked us to “friend” her very naive teen so we could watch out for her on FB.LOL. My son adds no friends without clearance (though he can add from my gaming list if they request him- people I don’t trust don’t stay on my list- though he still checks with me). He once broke the rules about not signing up for any site without one of us vetting it, and confessed it that evening. If he finds a YouTube that is, um, mature, he generally comes and shows me… and I explain anything he needs to know, or why I’d rather he stayed away from that section, or whatever. I actually am on his account more than he is (mom, there’s a green dragon I summoned, could you finish killing it for me?). I also have a select dozen or so adults I put on his page that all know who he is and how old to watch out for him gaming. We do things together and discuss things, which is why it works.
    I’m too lazy to do my son’s life on FB- Go for it. If a parent is willing and able to put in the work, I have no problem with bending the FB rules. Just do the download thing (somewhere there is the option to DL your FB) so you have a copy of it in case someone gets pissy and the account goes bye-bye. As for teaching the kid you can lie…. well, my kid has two moms, and so we are already illegal in the state we are in. If you can get through life never circumventing a rule or regulation, then my hat is off to you. His account was a matter of much discussion as to why the rule is there to begin with, and the consequences of breaking the rule, and mutual discussion as to what rules we would institute. Decision making skills he’ll need in the future.

  40. Elizabeth says:

    I have had a FB page for my 2 kids from the moment they were born. I didnit because I didn’t want all those pics on my FB page. It works out nicely because I can update the pics of thier first years and keep them seperate so family far away can see them grow. the timeline just made it even better!! :)

  41. Cheryl says:

    Sounds like a great idea. It also sounds like you might have a great idea for a website that is set up just for this! Run with it.

  42. Shannon says:

    Such a great idea! I had a Multiply account, that was VERY private. All of my daughter’s 1st year things are still on there. When I switched over to FB, I started updating things with my daughter. I’m hardly ever in photos, because I’m usually the one behind the camera! It’s tempting to do as you have done and open up an account just for her. Hmmm…she’s 4 now, so there is a lot of catch up to do, but it may all be worth it!

  43. amber says:

    careful, Facebook deletes accounts for no reason all the time, and they don’t even have to tell you the reason. They have a list of reasons, though, and one of them is if they figure out you’re violating the age restriction. It’s not hard for someone at facebook to figure out someone’s not 13 when all their pictures are of a small child. They can also delete your profile if you’re not a real person (i.e. if you have a profile for a pet) or if you aren’t using your real name. I once had my password changed on me and while I eventually was able to contact someone to get a new password and get on my fb again, they never did tell me why I was suddenly restricted acces to my own facebook. I agree with others’ warnings. Don’t rely on this as a sole means of scrapbooking because it can easily be deleted without warning for the sole reason of you lying about the age. In fact, someone could see this very post, alert facebook to it, and your kids’ profile could be gone by tomorrow.

    That said, they’ve yet to delete my dog’s profile after about 4 years. But I would have to be ok with them deleting it if they find it as they do clearly state in their rules that they will if they find a profile belonging to a not-person.

  44. DDV says:

    Everything you claim Facebook can do for your son, email, MMS, BBM, WhatsApp and other technological advances can do. You want to remember the father-son date you had last week with the photos you took? Well, aren’t they saved already on a file on your harddrive? Furthermore, it’s far more intimate and thoughtful to actually take the time to send an email with pic attachments to select friends and family than going through the laziness of simply ‘tagging’ them with little other communication and calling that ‘keeping in touch’. By the time our children reach the age of 18, Facebook will be to them what the record player or tape cassette was to me as a child – redundant.

  45. Sanchia Marquez says:

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  46. Jessica says:

    First off, Martin needs to CHILL!!
    Ok, Dan, I think you are an awesome Daddy doing an awesome thing! Men who love their children seem to be becoming a dying breed. (My ex husband is a member of the deadbeat, loser, good for nothing team) Keep up the good work Dan!! Your boy will grow up to love his kids too. Its a cycle:)

  47. Donna says:

    Sounds cool, but only 1 problem. What happens if FB becomes defunct like MySpace? A lot can happen in 18 years. I’d say Flickr, or even Shutterfly (you can eventually make a photobook and order it there) is a better way to go to share photos. And for those who signed up for an email, you all better remember to log in often, otherwise your kids’ email account will get deleted.

  48. Monica says:

    My oldest turns 13 in less than a month. Guess what the first thing she will do when she turns 13 is? Open a FB account! I’ve been hearing for the past 3 years how all of her friends have FB. I told her back when she was 10 that when she meets the TOS age by FB of 13, then she could have one. As it has gotten closer I tried to tell her they increased the age. She’s not buying it. I really can’t go back on my word here either. But here’s my question for you. I get the whole scrapbook effect. That’s actually why I started blogging. What happens when he’s old enough and ready to take on his own FB account to use it to socialize with his school chums? Do you start him a new account, or does he keep the one you made for him when he was a year old? Are you concerned at all that there’s something on there he might be embarrassed about that he wouldn’t want all of his buds to see? Because you see when my oldest was a baby we took pictures of all sorts of funny goofy things she did and I had no qualms about sharing that stuff with people. Now, I have to watch what I say and do so I don’t embarrass her. I’m hoping that anything that’s on the internet doesn’t come back to bight her, but at least I’m not handing over a FB page that’s full of things she might wish her friends didn’t know about her.

  49. jen says:

    my daughter has a facebook and the first day she was excited then not so much. club penguin is king right now. but all our family is basically on the west coast and we are on the east so it helps keep in touch and for them to send her special massages. and we can tag her in stuff and it makes her feel warm and loved. my 5 year old has ben hounding me for one and i think i might say yes today. he’s got a whole lot of love out there on facebook and i want him to receive it!!

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