by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
parents, social networks, uncool

Are Parents Making Facebook Uncool?

from the it's-always-something dept

My parents recently joined Facebook (a few months after joining Twitter), and I actually thought that was pretty cool -- but I'm no longer at the age where everything my parents do embarrasses me. For kids who are at that point in their lives, having parents join Facebook is quite a conundrum. The latest study out of the UK is suggesting that, with parents suddenly joining Facebook en masse, it's becoming uncool for kids to be there. I have no idea how accurate the study is, but if it's true, it raises an interesting question: is there a way to avoid such an "uncoolness" factor as a site like Facebook expands? I would think that you'd need to build in certain features to separate out groups easily, so that you could quickly dunk parents into a certain bucket, and friends into a different one, to make sure that lives are "kept separate."

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    ChrisB (profile), 7 Aug 2009 @ 6:52am

    Re: Re: The Arbiter

    > Trust, Honesty and Luck - 3 key factors
    > in raising a child successfully.

    Here are my tips gained from raising my son (now 17):
    - Don't be your child’s "friend". They have enough friends. They need a parent.
    - "You can't control people, but you can control how you react to them." Stop telling your kids what to do. Tell them how you will react to it. Then FOLLOW THROUGH.
    - Children are idiots. Never get into a "debate" with them.
    - Criticize the behavior, not the child.
    - Remember, everything you say to a child WILL eventually sink in, so don't worry when they seem to be ignoring you. It is like painting a picture and having it appear on the canvas 20 years later.

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