Obama Bans Daughters From Facebook, Parents Help Preteens Create Accounts

12/16/2011 02:38 pm ET | Updated Dec 17, 2011

There are a lot of perks to being the President's daughter -- you know, being famous, going on fun vacations, living in the White House -- but using Facebook isn't one of them. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama announced recently that they don't allow 13-year-old Malia and 10-year-old Sasha, to use Facebook.

In an interview with People Magazine, the President said: "Why would we want to have a whole bunch of people who we don’t know knowing our business? That doesn’t make much sense."

Although only Malia is legally old enough to have a Facebook -- the minimum age to create an account is 13 years old -- her parents have banned both her and her younger sister from the social networking site. President Obama joked that he would see how the girls felt in a few years.

On the other end of the spectrum, some parents are too involved with their teens on Facebook -- in many cases, they're even helping their underage tweens get onto the site. Millions of preteens have Facebook accounts, and as many as three in four has enlisted the help of their parents to get on the site, according to a New York University survey.

Many parents argue that the site is so widespread that they won't be able to keep their kids off it anyway, and some don't see a problem in the first place. One parent told the Chicago Tribune of her 11-year-old son: "I want him to embrace technology, and I think social media is very powerful."

How involved are your parents with your Facebook account? Were you banned from the using the site before you turned 13 -- or did your parents help you create an account? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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