Confessions of Our Pre-Teen Editors

In February, the YMCA students at Falconridge Elementary School collaborated to create a YMCA Newspaper! Each student took on a different section of the newspaper, sharing their thoughts on their YMCA experiences, predicting the future with homemade horoscopes, creating comic strips, and featuring their favourite YMCA student athletes.  Copies of the newspaper were sold to students and teachers at Falconridge School to raise money for Strong Kids, the YMCA fund that supports Outreach School Support programs like theirs. 

Over the next few days, we will be featuring several articles written by our student editors! Remember that this is their personal, editorial opinion. You might even get a custom horoscope 😉


By Priyanka Mahey, February 2012

Kids under 15 shouldn’t have Facebook because you add people that you don’t know. And you might not know who you’re talking to.

Kids don’t need Facebook because they might learn bad things from their friends.  Also kids under 15 don’t need Facebook because they might talk to a stranger that tell you bad things and once they tell you, you’re going to ask for more advice.  If you really want Facebook you should ask your parents first! Also maybe a stranger might hack your account and all your things will be ruined. Also you shouldn’t have Facebook because you can get tracked down. Facebook is not meant for kids under the age of 13.  Facebook may let people you don’t know to call you for a fake message and may do something bad to you.

Facebook is very addicting for everyone, not just underage kids.  But kids under 15 still have to study, which means Facebook is like a very bad distraction, and you can spend a lot of time communicating with people on the Internet.  Preteens spend hours doing nothing but looking at pictures of other friends and family and commenting or sending emails to people.

If you or a friend is ever in danger on-line, tell a parent, teacher or a trustworthy adult right away!

Posted on behalf of Priyanka Mahey, YMCA Student