This just in: American parents are teaching their kids to lie so they can get a Facebook page.
In order to create a Facebook profile, you need to be at least 13 years old—technically. But that hasn't stopped lots of younger kids from signing up for Facebook anyway—often with their parents' blessing and help.
A recent study from the University of Illinois found that 82% of parents of 12-year-olds with Facebook accounts said they knew their kids had them. As the age of the child went down, the parents’ fudging actually went up: 95% of parents of 10-year-olds with Facebook accounts said they knew about it.
Here’s the worst part--3 out 4 parents actually HELPED their child create a Facebook profile. In other words, these parents showed their kids how to circumvent Facebook's rules—guidelines intended to help protect kids from online dangers.
I’m sure these parents were simply giving in to their child’s demands that they had to be on Facebook because all their friends are. This is another example of what I refer to as “Pushover Parents”—parents who are either unwilling or unable to say no to their kids.
Our children rely on us to provide them with moral guidance and teach them right from wrong. When parents encourage their kids to lie so they can get a Facebook page, it’s a sad commentary on today’s culture.
Those of us who followers of Christ should lovingly, but firmly, set a different standard for our kids.
I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.