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Should Children Be Allowed on Facebook?

by Adriana Lee | June 7, 2012June 7, 2012 10:00 pm PST

Should children younger than 13 be on Facebook? As it stands, many of them bend the rules to join in anyway. But word has it that Facebook is now exploring ways to bring them in officially.

Of course they are. Its numbers of registered users could balloon up with this change. And if they can enforce parental supervision — i.e., secondary accounts off adult accounts or other settings administration that can control Facebook apps or friends lists — there’s little reason to stop it. In fact, the site could really pull in the dough via children’s games.

As it is, 7.5 million kids are on Facebook anyway, and the site fields mounting criticism over children easily lying their way in. You’d think this would cause an uproar among parents, but a 2011 study actually reveals that 36 percent of parents already know their underage kid is on Facebook (and many of them even helped them set up their accounts).

Should Facebook stick to its policy forbidding kids from joining the network? Or would it be better if it allowed younger users, but with controlled and secure areas designated for them? Tell us what you think in the comments.

[via Wall Street Journal]

Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...