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Don't blame Facebook when it's the parents' fault

I AM no advocate of Facebook, but I find it infuriating that, once again, irresponsible and/or lazy parents/guardians are blaming a popular form of entertainment for their inability to raise their children (News, September 7).

From what I can see, Facebook does all that can be reasonably expected of a website to stop young children accessing it.

It is not Mark Zuckerberg's fault that a teenager put suggestive pictures of herself on the internet. Where were her guardians?

Why weren't they monitoring what the child did on the internet? Why had they no access to her Facebook site to see what she was putting up?

In the past, some parents and guardians blamed wrestling, or rock music, or films, or television for their children's behaviour. Now it's social networking. It seems parents in every generation find a scapegoat. At the end of the day, only the guardians are responsible for a child's behaviour.

If you don't like them seeing or doing certain things, then don't let them. But you cannot be content to let the internet or the television raise your children and then be angry when they emulate the things they see.

If a parent allowed their children free access to alcohol, who would you blame when the child got drunk? The parent? Or the brewery?

It's time that some parents/guardians grew up and took responsibility for both their and their children's actions.

BRENDAN BLAKE

Castleblaney, Co Monaghan

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