Hi everyone. I was hoping someone might have some advice for me. We decided to let our 13yo get facebook with the condition that he remain respectful and not post anything offensive or hurtful to anyone. He's had facebook for a few months now, and so far so good. I don't know what his private messages to friends are like, but his public profile is fine and no problems there.
What is concerning to me is that a number of his friends do post what I would consider really awful stuff - and here are my examples, and I just want to know if everyone else would consider this awful or am I just out of touch...?
Many of them regularly post the f and c word when talking about others and "gay" and "ana! sex" is posted (meaning to be derogatory or funny), which I don't find funny, just offensive. I saw one today follows australian school fights which I was pretty shocked about. And they reveal so much about themselves like this! I am amazed that their parents allow this kind of language and discussion... The majority are 13, some 14, 15 year olds. I also saw the word "niggah" refering to a black friend. Is this normal, or am I just overeacting? And young girls with model like poses with graphic FUc@ behind their pictures?
I do make a habit of checking my son's facebook regularly, and just decided to check out some of his friends pages too and was a bit disturbed, to be honest. One of the friends has a picture of a marijuana plant behind his face...weird?? He's a really polite kid when he speaks to me.
Don't know if this is relevant or not, but son goes to all boy catholic school... Grade 8. Do they realise how they look, or not care?
Please give me some opinions! Thanks!