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Is Facebook Inappropriate for Children?

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This past week, Professional Photographer Christopher Rimmer became the latest headline of the facebook against breastfeeding photographs.

After a trip to Africa to photograph tribal Himba woman in their native culture, facebook tore the pictures down deeming them unsuitable for children. Something I found slightly comical considering the strict age rules facebook has put into place regarding children utilizing their website.

As a parent, I realize there are many out there who do not wish their young children to see pictures of this nature, and these children also have no business on a website which strictly stands by their policy regarding age.

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You will not use Facebook if you are under 13.

Which sparks the question of at what age are these pictures suitable? Is it at 10, 15, or what about 35? Pictures that are something straight out of a health class, or National Geographic magazine Cover. Or is it just the excuse du joir that facebook has decided to use this week after several battles in the past over breastfeeding photographs.

When it all comes down to it, if children are mature enough to use such a mature website, shouldn’t they be able to handle a documentary type photograph without it being considered inappropriate?

What do you think?


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