On Saturday, my First Baby will turn 14 years old.
I can’t think about it without breaking down and crying. He’s my first child, he holds a very dear place in my heart and every time I’m faced with the reality of how quickly he’s heading towards adulthood, my heart breaks in a thousand different places and also bursts with pride at the same time.
Bittersweet. That is truly the only word to discribe it.
Yesterday, he asked me The Question that I’ve been dreading. The question I hoped would never come out of my son’s mouth.
“Mom. I’m going to be 14 in a couple of days. Can I get a MySpace now? All of my friends have one”
(You thought I was going to say he asked for A Jimmy. Admit it.)
I wanted to shout “No! You can NOT get a My Space! YOU’VE SEEN TO CATCH A PREDATOR! You know it’s a Perv Magnet! Absolutely not!”
But instead, I told him that yes, he could. BUT! I would set it up for him and I will know the password and will check it every single day for comments and friend requests.
He was completely ok with that, because he knows that I have his best interest at heart and that I do not want someone named “HardBigOne4U_69″ sending him messages like “Let’s meet at the mall 2nite LOL.”
I’m still not entirely comfortable with letting him open an account, but I’d rather give him permission and be able to monitor what goes on and what information he makes public than to have him create an account at a friend’s house that I don’t know about.
How do you feel about allowing your teenager to have a MySpace account? I’m curious to hear other parents views on this because I’m so hesitant and creeped out by the idea of my son having one.