Homeschoolers (Weren't) Welcome
Homeschoolers on Facebook? Nope.Until recently, homeschooled kids weren't allowed to have an account on Facebook. They even suspended some homeschoolers' accounts. But it looks like they changed the rules. This is from their official rule book:
If you are homeschooled, you can still register with Facebook. You do not need to specify a high school when registering with Facebook or using the site.
In order to have an account on Facebook, you either need to be at least 18, or you need to be at least 13 and enrolled in high school. And yes, you have to be able to prove that you attend this school. Since it's difficult for Facebook to confirm that sort of thing for homeschoolers, they take the easy route and ban any homeschooled kids they discover on the network.
Unfortunately, it's not enough to provide the name of your local public school. Facebook will eventually try to confirm this, and if it turns out that you don't attend that school, Facebook will disable your account.
- Facebook | I'm homeschooled. How can I join? This is Facebook's official answer to homeschooled children who are interested in getting an account.
Does Facebook Discriminate Against Homeschoolers? An article from Washingtonpost.com
August 3, 2011
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