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Get Kids Off Facebook, Says Middle School Principal

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A New Jersey middle school principal is on a campaign to get his students off social-networking sites like Facebook.

Anthony Orsini has sent a letter to his school's parents, calling on them to monitor their kids' Internet use more closely and to discourage the use of social networks, reports ABC News.

Do you agree with the principal, or is he being overly cautious?

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Samantha  April 29, 2010, 4:11 PM

i don’t think that the problem is kids on facebook and myspace…it’s teaching kids to act appropriately and act like decent little human beings no matter where they are or what they’re doing…

GA Mom of 5 April 29, 2010, 5:34 PM

I see kids that are 11 or 12 writing on FB that “I’m home alone”, or “I’m scared”, and the parents just ignore it. I mentioned this to a relative, and their solution was to “unfriend” me.

Meanwhile, their precious daughter is setting herself up to be a victim of a crime. We ended up taking AIM and other messaging off of our family computer because of the comments kids would say.

Let kids be kids, and be the parent…you don’t have to be their best friend to be a good parent. If you do what is right for your child, they will be better off in the long run.

Danielle April 30, 2010, 5:41 AM

Talk to your kids about what is appropriate. I don’t think it’s just online they need to practice good manners and common sense.

kymommy April 30, 2010, 8:38 AM

Just because you take away social networking sites doesn’t mean that will solve the problem! Kids can be cruel, I think it’s all up to the parents to hlep stop this bullying thats going on!

Anonymous May 13, 2010, 8:19 AM

I honestly don’t see any positive benefits for children using social networks. Children have so many other things that they can do to occupy their time in more creative and productive ways. While we have Children who use Video games excessively and over use the internet we have others who’s parents find activities that actually benefit them as they mature. Let’s find things for our kids to do that they can actually be proud to say their parents did for them.

alexis July 25, 2010, 7:22 AM

i personally don’t see a need for kids to use social networking sites. it’s so simple to find information out about people on those sites. a couple of years ago a girl was followed home and raped based on information she had posted on her myspace. her name, age, town she lived in, and school she went to. based on that information, he found out where she lived, followed her home, and raped her. he had sent her a message previously, and because of it, she set it to private, but it was already too late.
kids are innocent, they don’t realize or think about what they’re posting and it gets them in trouble, or hurt.
most kids’ friends are in the same school as them anyway, so if they need to talk to their friend, they can do it at school. or call them. that’s my 2 cents.

alexis July 25, 2010, 7:36 AM

also, i have the solution to cyberbullying:
turn off the computer. it is NOT the same as real life bullying.
mean comment on myspace? delete it.
somebody being mean to you on deviantart? block the user.
it’s as simple as that. you don’t have to rant and rave about it. there’s so many ‘set to private/block user/delete comment/report comment’ settings on social networking and blogging sites it’s not even funny. there’s no reason to make laws about it.
keep getting harassed? delete your account
but you like blogging/myspace/facebook? make a new account, maybe under a different name that the person harassing you won’t recognize.
once again, internet bullying/stalking/harassment is not the same as real life. it’s far easier to get away from the people saying mean things about you online.

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