No Facebook for Sasha, Malia: Michelle Obama
First lady not a big fan of kids being on the network
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2011 9:49 AM CST
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(Newser) – Among the hundreds of millions of people on Facebook, you will not find Sasha or Malia Obama. In an interview with the Today Show, Michelle explained that there are some things her kids can't do because of security issues—but even if they were just two normal kids living in Chicago, they wouldn't be on the site. Michelle, who is "not a big fan of young kids having Facebook," says Facebook is "not something they need." Maybe when they get older, she added. (Click to see what Michelle says the president isn't using.)

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Feb 10, 2011 7:23 PM CST
Instead of ignoring social why not teach kids to be responsible digital citizens? There is an age appropriate, safe and secure social networking site for kids, check out WhatsWhat.Me and its Parent Resource Center. There are organizations out there doing great work keeping kids safe on the internet. The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) cites that 99% of children ages 8-17 access the internet and spending 25% of their time social networking. The answer isn't keeping kids off the internet, because they are going to be on social networks, regardless if their parents know or not. Let's teach kids how to be safe on the internet and instead of hiding them from it. While Facebook is definitely not appropriate for kids under 13 that doesn’t mean these “tweens” should be banned from social networks altogether. WhatsWhat.Me is a safe, secure, “kids-only” social network for “tweens” ages 7-13 – launches today using patent-pending facial recognition technology, moderation and kid-friendly features to teach kids positive online behavior, Internet safety and related life skills. Compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), (Beta) provides an age-appropriate, “no-bullying allowed” community that requires parental permission to join. For parents, offers its online Parent Resource Center providing expert advice, news, Internet safety tips and information on cybersafety for children.
Feb 9, 2011 4:19 PM CST
I think this is the real story: Facebook's terms indicate that you will not use Facebook if you are under 13. The real story is that Michelle's stance is considered such a big deal... why would it be a big deal? Facebook has taken the same position - and put it in their terms.
Feb 9, 2011 3:59 PM CST
Ok when she isn't shopping.