Facebook is looking to expand their network to kids under the age of 13. It raises the obvious question — are kids under 13 too young to be on Facebook? Sound off below!
A new report says that Facebook is working to allow kids under the age of 13 access to the network. With headlines of Debbie Piscitella choking her 13-year-old daughter’s bully over his vicious Facebook comments, is it a good idea to let young children sign on?
The social networking site is currently restricted to those 13-and-over but a Wall Street Journal report says that Facebook is currently in the testing rounds of technology that would allow parents to link to their kid’s account and creating controls for parents to decide who their kids could “friend” and what apps they can download.
A Facebook spokesman said that “many recent reports have highlighted just how difficult it is to enforce age restrictions on the Internet, especially when parents want their children to access online content and services.”
In fact, a study in the report said that around 7.5 million profiles on Facebook are from users younger than 13, and that many parents allow their kids to lie about their age when they sign up.
With today’s heavy reliance on the Internet, the expansion reflects Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg‘s comment that children should be allowed on the site for education purposes. “My philosophy is that for education you need to start at a really, really young age,” he said on May 20, 2011 at the NewSchools Summit.
Still, the Web can be a scary place for a child — from Internet bullying to online predators.
It’s a tough call. Do you think it’s appropriate for young kids to use Facebook, HollyMoms?
— Lorraine Chow
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