#Facebook to Allow Minors Under 13 to Create Profile

Did you see this headline about mega social network site, Facebook wanting to allow minors to create their own profiles on Facebook?

According to reports, the social network giant is thinking about letting kids create their own profiles by connecting their accounts to their parents’ account. This way, parents can “feel” as though they’re exercising that proverbial parental control over their kids’ online activities.

One word: dislike.

In my opinion, kids under the age of 16 should not be allowed on any social network. But listen, I’m not naive; I know there are plenty of underage kids on Facebook and Twitter because they lied about their age to join. Is this what it’s come to, kids lying to join social networks that could potentially put them at risk for online bullying? Who’s responsible for ensuring our kids are safe online: parents, the government, or are we leaving to Facebook to make that determination for our kids? Furthermore, it si also being reported that parents themselves are helping their kids lie to get on Facebook and other social networking sites. This is according to a researchers performed by Harvard, University of California, Northwestern University and Microsoft Research

The research pointed out that, “for kids who were under 13 at the time they signed up, 68 percent of the parents “indicated that they helped their child create the account.” Among 10-year-olds on Facebook, 95 percent of parents were aware their kids were using the service while 78 percent helped create the account.”

I’d like to know what you think, would you let your child, under 13, join Facebook or Twitter? Would you lie to get your kid to join Facebook?

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2 thoughts on “#Facebook to Allow Minors Under 13 to Create Profile

  1. Reblogged this on Sortafunnylady and commented:
    I read this blog and I thought it was very interesting. I must admit that my 10 year old son is on Facebook. One thing with Facebook is that we have rules and we make sure we have the password to his account. Since I share the kids with their biological mother it is nice to be able to communicate with him during the week when we do not have him.

    One of the things I worry about with social networking more than bullying are sex offenders. All two often they know the right things to say to a kid to let them in. In our case you can not see information on our son’s page unless you are a friend. Before he friends anyone we talk about them and decide together if they can be added.

    One nice thing about having your kids on face book is when you have families who don’t live close and it gives them the opportunity to talk and get to know each other.

    1. asan4rd,

      Thank you for reading, and your perspective on the topic is an interesting one in the sense that there are some really good things we can all do with social media=networking online with family+friends who live across the country or other parts of the world. I especially use Skype to stay in touch with in-laws and family out West. Conversely, we have to keep a watchful eye on our kids to ensure that sex offenders do no entice them into doing something that goes against what they know. Would you say, though, that the key to being safe online–for adults and kids alike–would be education and ongoing communication on the topic?

      I think it’s great that you monitor your child’s online activities so closely, you can never be too careful. As a new mom and growing up in a very strict household, I want to impart some of the wonderful upbringings my parents offered to me. I plan to not let my daughter have any online profile until she’s turned 16; no driving until 18; and definitely NO drinking until 21. I believe it is my job as a parent to ensure my child stays a child for as long as possible.

      Please share this post with your friends who are parents and ask them to join the conversation. I’d like to know what they all think.

      Keep reading!

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