Facebook to Allow Profiles for Kids Under 13 [POLL]
Facebook is reportedly pursuing technology that would allow kids under 13 to have their own profiles on the social networking site.
According to PCMag, Facebook is currently unavailable to children and pre-teens due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which bans websites from collecting information from users under 13.
How will it work?
There are several options being considered, including one that would link the child’s profile to his or her parent’s. The parent would then be able to control what apps can be used and who the child can add as a ‘friend.’
I remember back in the days of AOL, there were age-restricted profiles. There was one for kids, one for teens, and one for adults 18+.
Here’s the thing, I always felt like I was “too old” for whatever my restricted group was. When I was 13, I thought I was old enough for the 15-year-old page. When I was 15, I wanted the adult page.
What did I do? I figured out my mom’s password and changed my settings. (Sorry, Mama C, though I’m sure you knew already.)
It doesn’t matter what kind of restrictions and profiles you give your kids. If you leave them unsupervised in front of a computer, you don’t know what they can and will get into.
The best way to keep your kids safe is to know what they are doing, who they are talking to, and what they are looking at. Teach them at a young age about the dangers out there. Explain to them why there are age limits for certain things and why they shouldn’t share anything and everything about themselves with the world.
When your child gets to that age where they won’t even speak to you, let alone let you sit next to them at the computer, that’s when you have to trust them to make the right decisions. An age-restricted profile will never replace good parenting.
And besides, I have already seen plenty of Facebook profiles set up by kids under 13. How’d they do it if it’s illegal? They lied about their age. Shocking.
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