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These Are The Ages Parents Think Their Kids Should Be Allowed To Do Things

BuzzFeed Life polled more than 100,000 parents on when kids should be allowed to join Facebook, get their own cell phone, and more.

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1. How old should a kid be to get their own Facebook account?

Also, 100% of parents said their kids better accept their friend request.
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Also, 100% of parents said their kids better accept their friend request.

2. How about their own cellphone?

91% of parents said kids under ten shouldn't hold their breath.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

91% of parents said kids under ten shouldn't hold their breath.

3. How old should a kid be to stay home alone?

30% of parents said Macauley Culkin was just the right age to be left home alone.
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30% of parents said Macauley Culkin was just the right age to be left home alone.

4. How about to babysit other children?

10-year-old babysitters are rare, but affordable.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

10-year-old babysitters are rare, but affordable.

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5. When is it permissible for a kid to wear makeup?

Most parents want their kid to be in high school before they wear makeup.
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Most parents want their kid to be in high school before they wear makeup.

6. How about to dye their hair?

High school was also the most popular age for changing up the hairdo.
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High school was also the most popular age for changing up the hairdo.

7. To get their ears pierced?

This question had the widest range of answers.
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This question had the widest range of answers.

8. How about a tattoo?

Sorry, kids.
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Sorry, kids.

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9. When should a kid be able to go to an R-Rated movie?

Less than half of parents agreed with the MPAA.
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Less than half of parents agreed with the MPAA.

10. How about a concert with friends?

I'm hoping those 12-year-olds are at a Yo Gabba Gabba concert.
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I'm hoping those 12-year-olds are at a Yo Gabba Gabba concert.

11. The mall?

Nine out of ten parents said this was a privilege reserved for a teenager.
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Nine out of ten parents said this was a privilege reserved for a teenager.

12. What age is it fine to sleep over at a friend's house?

More than half of the respondents felt this was best done by a 7-year-old.
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More than half of the respondents felt this was best done by a 7-year-old.

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13. When should a kid get the sex talk?

Parents were all over the board when it came to deciding on a time for "the talk."
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Parents were all over the board when it came to deciding on a time for "the talk."

14. When should a kid be allowed to go on a date?

Apparently, 4% of kids got serious game.
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Apparently, 4% of kids got serious game.

15. Walk to school alone?

More than a third of parents said they'd never let their kids walk to school alone.
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More than a third of parents said they'd never let their kids walk to school alone.

16. Start their own Instagram?

Most kids are going to have to wait until high school to perfect their filter game.
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Most kids are going to have to wait until high school to perfect their filter game.

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17. When is it okay for a kid to drink soda?

Most parents felt that 5-10 was the right time to do the Dew. Or Coke. Or Pepsi...
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Most parents felt that 5-10 was the right time to do the Dew. Or Coke. Or Pepsi...

18. How about coffee?

Nearly a quarter of parents were okay with their kids drinking coffee before they became teenagers.
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Nearly a quarter of parents were okay with their kids drinking coffee before they became teenagers.

19. Alcohol?

Nearly two-thirds of parents view the legal limit as a mere suggestion.
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Nearly two-thirds of parents view the legal limit as a mere suggestion.