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Erika on

The story about the father who sued Facebook is a perfect example of what I like to call “not my kid” parenting. What I mean by this is that certain parents hold their children to such a high standard that they don’t think that they can do anything wrong, and so they blame others. A 12 year old is not even old enough to be on Facebook. Rather than suing the website, maybe he should teach his kid about internet safety and make her delete her Facebook, until she is old enough AND mature enough to have one. Some people seem to think that they can’t say no to their kids and it is everyone else’s fault when that kid gets into trouble.

Jillian on

A 12 year old shouldn’t even be on Facebook. A 13 year can and at that age, parents should be montioring their every move. Parents need to start taking responsibility and STOP blaming everyone else.

Signed, Not Jillian

TC on

So he can’t control his 12 yr old so lets sue an online website your kid isn’t even supposed to be on? Yeah makes perfect sense….

How is Fb supposed to truly enforce the no one under 13 and no sexually explicit pictures? Are they supposed to start requiring birth certificates that prove your age? Must they put pictures in a que and before they are allowed to be uploaded they must be screened first? Does this guy realize just how many people are actually on FB? Maybe HE can come up with a program that fixes the issues he thinks they have

Tee on

No, I wouldn’t pierce my baby’s ears and I certainly wouldn’t let my five year old wear red lipstick! Yikes! We wonder why children seem to grow up so fast… this is why! Because we decorate little babies with earrings and allow young children to wear make up outside of the house. There’s a huge difference between a child playing dress up at home and going out in public wearing red lipstick. I try and respect other people’s parenting choices but I really do NOT understand what Katie and Tom are thinking when it comes to little Suri.

Sarah K. on

Tee, I disagree with the earrings because a lot of babies have their ears pierced for cultural or religious reasons that have nothing to do with growing up too fast. The lipstick seems okay as long as it’s an occasional special treat to dress like mommy.

As for the facebook thing, I agree with everyone else. Maybe this father should spend a little less time suing a website and a little more time being a parent to his child.

candykane on

How about picking up some responsebility for your kid

Sarah on

Why not sue the company that made the camera too!? This man should take his daughter’s computer away, that’d solve lots of issues. Absolutely ridiculous.

JC on

This is what so many parents do now. They pass the buck. They SHOULD be the ones to know that their 12 year has a Facebook account and they SHOULD be the one that is monitoring their activities. But NOPE it is someone elses problem.

Holiday on

No on the earrings. My daughter is 16 months and when she is old enough to ask for them and is able to care for them then I will consider. Probably around age 7.

Tee on

Sarah K, I see your point about cultural or religious reasons behind piercing a baby’s ears. I hadn’t looked at it from that angle. Although I have to admit that I’m drawing a blank on a religion that requires or pushes a parent to have their baby’s ears pierced. As for the make-up, I’m sorry but I don’t see how that’s okay. Even if it is just so the child can look like Mommy. But in all fairness, I don’t believe in wearing make up or having pierced ears in the first place. (old order Mennonite) However, every person has different beliefs and there’s nothing wrong with agreeing to disagree!

And it’s probably best that I don’t even start giving my opinion on the father suing Facebook because he failed to control his daughter. I make a point in being polite and respectful in anything I say and I’m fairly certain that I’ll never been able to word my opinion on that particular story in a polite fashion!

Sarah K. on

Tee – Hinduism, many Latin American cultures, and African cultures pierce babies’ ears for cultural/religious earrings. It’s not that parents are “pushed” to pierce their babies’ ears, but they believe that ear piercing have curative or beneficial effects. It’s not a sin if they choose not to, but it’s definitely part of the culture and has nothing to do with vanity. My mom never wore make-up either and couldn’t care less about looks/fashion and still had our ears pierced. They use gold studs with screw in backs (so a baby can’t remove them) and often use gold needles so there isn’t really an infection problem. At the end of the day, I don’t know any girls that regret that their parents pierced their ears. Most girls have their ears pierced anyways.

Jillian on

I agree with you all on waiting on the earrings. We have two daughters and waited until the one was old enough to decide and she did want them. The other one is too young to make a decision. When I was a little girl, I chose to have them done and my mom took me. That is how I believe it should be. I don’t believe in making that decision for my daughters. I know some girls whose parents got them pierced and don’t want them. Plus, I remember the experience and how fun it was and wanted my daughter to experience it as well….while minus the few moments of pain!

Signed, Not Jillian