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  • In this day and age, documenting your lives on your social media accounts is a given. Parents can’t help but post pictures of their adorable babies — capturing their milestones, habits, and antics for all the world to see. But as their kids get older, are parents willing to let their children open and manage their own social media accounts?

    Celebrity mom Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo says that she does not allow her eldest daughter, Yohan, to have any social media account.

    “I told her, you have to follow the rules of what’s on Facebook. When you’re 18, that’s the only time you can have your Facebook or any social media account,” she shares with SmartParenting.com.ph and a group of reporters at a recent Globe at Home launch where she was introduced as the newest celebrity Mombassador along with Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.

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    “We don’t want to lie about your age. There are specific reasons why you have to be of age,” the mom of three adds of what she tells Yohan. “You have to be responsible and there are contents in social media na ikakagulat mo and maybe hindi ka pa ready when you’re at this age.”

    During that conversation, Judy Ann alluded that her daughter felt bad that her peers have their social media accounts. But mom was firm: “Naniniwala ako na it’s not yet time. You have to be responsible already to have your own accounts.”

    According to Facebook’s terms and conditions, children below 13 years old cannot create an account. While Yohan is already 14, she is still legally underage and should abide by her parents’ rules.

    Judy Ann admits that the decision is partly influenced by the fact that she and husband Ryan Agoncillo are public figures. “They don’t know the meaning of a celebrity family [but] sabi ko, whatever you do is magnified, whatever you say there’s a responsibility behind that. You have to think — since you’re considered a celebrity also — of the things you’re going to put out [and] that will inspire people. It’s inevitable, eh. You have to teach them na the responsibilities of being a celebrity,” she shares.

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    Judy Ann, whose kids are 3, 8, and 14 respectively says she only allows one hour of gadget use during the weekends. She says jokingly, “Parang iniisip ko tuloy, ‘makaturungan pa ba ‘yung ginagawa ko sa mga anak ko?’”

    Judy Ann is a little flexible with her youngest, Luna, since she doesn’t go to school yet. She gets one hour of screen time in the morning and one more hour in the afternoon. But Judy Ann stresses that in between those hours, she needs to complete a variety of tasks, say reading a book or any other activity that does not involve a gadget.

    “It’s either I bring her to the kitchen and tulungan niya akong mag-luto. Punta kami sa dollhouse niya, or mag-trampoline kami,” she shares.

    The mom is also vigilant about filtering the videos her kids watch. “With Lucho, I know ang sites na pinapanood niyan is either football or funny videos,” she says. Judy Ann adds that she always checks her kids’ browsing history, especially Yohan’s, who is already in high school. “’Pag may [kailangan siyang i-research], she can bring my laptop in her room but after non, kailangan niya ibaba sa dining table ‘yung laptop."

    Judy Ann considers herself blessed that her kids are obedient and always do as they are told. “Hindi sila mahirap pagsabihan, hindi sila mahirap bigyan ng rules kasi they listen. You explain it to them and they know kung ano ‘yung consequence kapag hindi sila nakinig,” she shares.

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