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No Facebook for Malia, Sasha: Michelle Obama

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 22:38 EDT
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s daughters Malia and Sasha won’t be on Facebook anytime soon, First Lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday.

“I’m not a big fan of young kids having Facebook. It’s not something they need. It’s not necessary,” Obama told the NBC Today Show, revealing that neither girl has been allowed to create an account.

Obama said she views the strict Internet guidelines as the upside of the security bubble that envelopes the first family.

“I think we’re lucky that there are a lot of constraints — stuff like Secret Service,” she told the TV network.

Malia Obama is 12 years old, while her younger sister Sasha is nine.

Facebook officially has a lower age limit of 13 for its users, but kids who are much younger frequently register for accounts at the popular website by simply lying about their age when they sign up.

As to whether her kids will be allowed to sign up for accounts in the future, the first lady said: “It depends on when we leave (the White House) and how old they are.”

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  • http://www.zazzle.com/InfinitudeTortoises* An Infinitude of Tortoises

    I know what this is really about. Obama just doesn’t want them joining (or starting) any revolutions.

  • http://twitter.com/thenakedshort The Naked Short

    Don’t worry, you’ll be leaving the white house soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dorothy-Banks/100001470098554 Dorothy Banks

    Children lie about their ages to set up an account on these social networks. Any kid that can type and fill in the blanks is online within minutes. No one at the other end can correct the lies them but their parents. But too many parents want to be a friend to their children. They want to protect their right to privacy. But when these children get raped or killed by a sicko patrolling Facebook and My Spacebook, parents tend to forget about privacy.

    I agree with the Obamas for not letting their young daughters have Facebook accounts.That decision is part of responsible parenting. If a child is not taking independent, renting a room from their parents, clothing and feeding themselves, then they have no right to privacy or a computer in their room.

    Like the First Lady said, Facebook is not something their daughters need. And neither do other youngsters who are too young and to naive to understand the dangers of communicating with strangers they meet on these social sites. If parents would look at the TV show “Predators” they will get a clear picture of who their sons and daughters are communicating with, and the danger awaiting them should they secretly agree to meet these predators.

  • Anonymous

    It appears from the number of responses here that nobody really cares, President ASSHOLE!

  • Anonymous

    You seem a little upset about something. This story is not that big of deal.

  • http://twitter.com/ednagarrett Edna Garrett

    Actually, unless you know of some impeachable offense or plan some violent action, the Obamas aren’t going anywhere for nearly another two years, assuming the President simply loses re-election. That’s really not “soon”. Sorry.

  • Tyke

    You really think January 2017 is “soon”?

  • Tyke

    The Obamas certainly appear to be extremely involved,caring and responsible parents.

    Why does the right hate on that fact?

    … maybe to try to distract from what is just the latest of many, many sex scandals involving their self righteous “family values” leaders?

  • Anonymous

    Too bad. With the Obama girls in my top Mafia, I would be unstoppable.
    LOL!

  • Anonymous

    Wow how astute, you picked up on the meaning my post.

  • Anonymous

    It seems so contrived.

  • Anonymous

    If you have to be 13 to have an account and neither of these children are 13 why is this a newstory? Did they expect the First Lady to go on national TV and confess that her children violate the damn policy? Some stories are so stupid they make my eyes cross!

  • Anonymous

    I think that President Obama and First Lady Michelle have made a great decision in not allowing Malia and Sasha from having Facebook accounts. This is a very smart move and I wholeheartedly agree with their decision!

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