Of course it was exciting.
But his main goal was to get a Facebook account. He had to wait until he was 13 as per Facebook rules. He'd go on rants on how kids under 13 were on Facebook. "But they're LYING!" he'd say over and over. "They lied about their birthday!" Since he has autism, he is really big on rules.
Finally, he was 13.
And yes, he got a Facebook account. With rules.
1. Do not accept friend requests from strangers. The profile picture might be of a kid, but it could really be a fat old man.
2. NEVER agree to meet someone. You'll get kidnapped.
3. Use proper grammar at all times. It's YOU'RE welcome. Never YOUR welcome or UR welcome. UR is not a word. U is not a word either. It's always Y-O-U.
4. If proper grammar isn't used, your Mommy will correct you. It's important that you look like you passed elementary school. This will be good training for when you start a job.
5. Do not post multiple photos of yourself per day. Some people do this, and it frightens me. No one cares to see someone else 5+ times in the same position in the car. Twice is the limit and even then I'm like, "Oh look, there's her pores again."
6. Do not use Facebook as a way to complain about your parents. Don't say, "I've just been grounded! My Mom is acting like Kanye West! I hate her." First of all, calling someone Kanye West is a huge insult. Don't do it. Second of all, if you get grounded, it's for good reasons. Hate is a mean word, and you'll make me cry. Don't make Mommy cry.
7. I know it's exciting to have a Facebook account, but no one needs to know every detail of your day. Don't be like SOME people who are like, "Just woke up!" followed by, "Going on a walk!" followed by, "Taking a dump!" followed by, "Making quinoa for lunch!" Quinoa is nasty, son.
I hope my teenager enjoys his Facebook account. But if he abuses the privilege in any way, it's gone. I don't think I'll have an issue: as I mentioned, he's big on following the rules and is appalled as I am when he sees someone write 'your welcome.'
When my daughter is old enough for a Facebook account, I'll be worried. She's...well, she tries to get away with things more often. But I still have a few years left until she's old enough for one.
Do you have rules for your teenager if they go on Facebook?