Facebook Off-Limits to Malia and Sasha Obama

By Kristina

Feb 9, 2011 12:57pm

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: First Lady Michelle Obama says she’s not a fan of having young kids on Facebook, so she has not allowed her daughters to have a Facebook profile.

“I'm not a big fan of young kids having Facebook,” Mrs. Obama said on The Today Show this morning, “So, you know, it's not something they need. It's not necessary right now.”

But in addition to motherly constraints, nonetheless are the constraints of the Secret Service and the age requirement on Face book.

“I think we're lucky that there are a lot of real constraints, things like Secret Service and stuff like that,” she said.

Facebook also has a requirement that a child must be at least 13 to join making Sasha at nine-years-old and Malia at twelve-years old too young to join. But Mrs. Obama did not rule out them making their own decision to join the social networking site in the future, when the family is not longer living in the White House.

But apparently, the First Lady has company on the Facebook comment. In a poll we did for GMA a year ago, 43 percent of parents said it’s inappropriate for a child of ANY age to have a social networking account. Of the rest, the average age at which this was seen as appropriate was 15.

Analysis: http://abcnews.go.com/images/PollingUnit/1103a1Parents.pdf

President Obama has warned kids of the perils of the site in the past, even those that are not his own.

“I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook ‘cause in the YouTube age, whatever you do it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life,” Obama said in 2009 to high schoolers in Arlington, Virginia. “And when you’re young, you make mistakes and you do some stupid stuff and I’ve been hearing a lot about young people, they’re posting stuff on Facebook and then suddenly they go apply for a job and someone’s got to search.”

But the president has also lifted up Facebook as a business. Just last month in his State of the Union address to the nation, the president used the 6-year-old company as an example.

“We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook,” President Obama said in his State of the Union address, “In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living.”

Mrs. Obama appeared on The Today Show, in addition to Live With Regis and Kelly coordinated with the one-year anniversary of her Let’sMove! campaign to combat childhood obesity.

-Sunlen Miller

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