Should Facebook Allow Kids Younger Than 13? [POLL]
The popular social networking website is considering lifting the ban of kids younger than 13 from registering for the website. To say kids younger than 13 aren’t already on the site would be a lie, but this would be different. This would allow any kid to sign up, as long as their parents supervise. Many parents don’t want their kids on Facebook though. According to a report from El Paso:
Irene Romero, a mother of six, said her 11-year-old son asked if he could create his own page and she said no.
“Some of the pictures and things that people post, I don’t think are appropriate for somebody that age,” said Romero.
Romero thinks Facebook should block kids 16 and younger.
“I worry a lot about predators on there. I work at a hospital. You see a lot of things that happen and that’s what scares me the most,” said Romero.
Other parents have the same concerns.
“She’s asked me repeatedly to have Facebook account and I’ve told her no. She’s too young for that. She doesn’t need to be on a social networking site at that age,” said parent Corina Nguyen. “I’ve had instances where people’s accounts have been hacked into. You never know who’s out there.”
“I want to make sure he’s not being harassed, bullied and making sure people aren’t trying to take advantage of young people,” said parent Placida Uranga.
The new Facebook technology would connect children’s accounts to their parents accounts and it would allow parents to decide who their child can “friend”.
So what do you think? Should Facebook go forward with their plan? Should kids 13 and younger even be on Facebook?