Why is it that people want this page to go? And why the cry about exploiting children? Let us put things into perspective here, by the terms and conditions of Facebook you have to be 13 to have an account. A 13 year old is a teenager, my god in 3 years time they could be out working and earning a living. Wake up to the real world, some 13 year old children are parents.
And can someone tell me what is so wrong about teenagers thinking of others before themselves? Surely that should be applauded and encouraged, not condemned. If a child thinks of others before themselves that to me shows they have the makings of being a fine adult. Someone who cares and someone who is willing to help all they can.
And to all those people who are saying it is so wrong for children to think of ways to help raise funds, I say this if your child goes to Scouts, Beavers, Brownies, Guides or any other club do you demand that their club be closed down if the children are asked to think of ways to help raise funds for their clubs? When their school has fund-raising events to raise funds for something new, do you demand that they stop exploiting your children?
Do you go to the Local Scouts/Guide leader and demand they close their clubs down when you witness the guides and cubs helping to pack your shopping in the local supermarket? Or do you do as I do, and reward them? When the Scouts come around on “Bob a job week” do you rip the Scout Master to shreds for exploiting children?
If you want to do something about exploiting children, help those that are forced to work at the ages of 7 or maybe younger. Children from the third world who do not have any of the luxuries our children have. Help the children who are roaming the streets scavenging for food to live. Stop unscrupulous adults from exploiting those children, they need your help far more than the teenagers on Facebook.
I can remember back to October 1966 when the Aberfan disaster happened and 116 children and 28 adults lost their lives, innocent children and adults who were just sitting there in the class-room learning or doing their normal daily things. Killed by a freak accident of a spoil-tip slide caused by heavy rain. I was 8 at the time, and I wanted to do something, so I made a guy and went out doing “Penny for the Guy”. The money I raised was sent to the Aberfan appeal. My parents never stopped me, they encouraged me. And not once did they think the appeals were exploiting me.
Personally I think it is better that a 13-year old is using technology to help people rather than standing on street corners threatening and abusing their neighbours and causing damage to other people’s property. Or using technology to play games that can result in addiction. Yes it does happen, there is not just drug addiction or alcohol addiction affecting some teenagers, there is also online-gaming addiction. An addiction where children spend every waking hour thinking of their next role-play move, or how to build their characters up. Boys and girls who have no desire to do anything other than play these games. Google is there for all to read.
But nothing would be said, would it, if those children were on another Facebook page raising awareness for another missing child, any child other than Madeleine McCann. The only real reason some people are so up in arms is because these teenagers are helping the McCann family whose child is missing.
A little girl only recently has been in the papers because she wanted to do something for Madeleine, but no instead of being encouraged and applauded, her and her parents are torn to shreds. Yes with the usual remarks that these people don’t know the truth and they are being deceived by the McCanns. Does it matter how far she walks and if her mother has her hair done, and paints her nails? The fact that this child wants to do something for someone is lost amongst the anger and negativity portrayed because it involves the McCann family.
What truth? The truth there is no conclusive forensic evidence to say that Madeleine is dead and no evidence to support the theory that her parents are involved. The truth that the police failed and even the ex-detective admits to failures in the case but does not take full responsibility for the failures but turns it into being the McCann’s fault.
It does no harm whatsoever for a child to think of others before themselves and the McCann’s are not some cult leaders that are going to draw children into a sect and brainwash them. Get real for Pete’s sake.
And just one more thing, if any child is on Facebook under the age of 13, the McCanns are not to blame, the blame lies solely with the parents for not monitoring their child’s internet activity.