Michelle Obama: No Facebook for my kids

In an appearance on the "Today" show, the first lady says that her kids don't need Facebook and that she isn't a fan of Facebook for young kids.

I imagine that if your dad's the president, your relationships with other kids aren't exactly the usual.

You have to wonder about what you can tell them. And you certainly have to wonder what technologies you can safely use without inadvertent consequences.

However, in an appearance this morning on NBC's "Today" show, First Lady Michelle Obama said she's not really a fan of Facebook for kids, even if their dad wasn't the president.

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In the last minute of the interview, NBC's Matt Lauer asked the first lady whether her daughters--Sasha, 9, and Malia, 12--are on Facebook. The "No!" that was the first lady's reaction was immediate and definite.

Sounding like a parent who is grateful for some of the limitations that come with being in the White House, the first lady said: "We're lucky that there are a lot of real constraints like Secret Service and stuff like that."

However, she made it clear that even if her family wasn't in the White House, she wouldn't necessarily want her kids to be in the transparent greenhouse that is Facebook.

She said: "I'm not a big fan of young kids having Facebook...you know, it's not something they need."

Of course, very few technological innovations these days give us something we need. They merely entice us into participating in something someone else needs.

Some might find it refreshing to see that there are parents who appreciate that there is life beyond the screen.

 

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