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Facebook Considers Lifting Age Restrictions

  • Jim Liebelt
    Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
  • 2012 Jun 06
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Facebook is apparently exploring ways to open the site to children younger than 13, the current and widely flouted age restriction for users.

The move, first reported in the Wall Street Journal Monday, is intended to both allow parents to better supervise children who are on Facebook and to capture a piece of the children’s advertising market.

The company might, for instance, create a type of account for kids that would allow a parent’s oversight on who is “friended” and which applications are used.

At the same time, it would give brands a new route to an impressionable audience.

But, is Facebook just recognizing reality?

According to MinorMonitor, a children’s media watchdog group, a recent survey of 1000 parents of Facebook users revealed that 38 percent of children on Facebook are under 13.

Other estimates have suggested that about 7.5 million underage users are on the social media network

Source: Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-parenting/post/facebook-may-allow-users-under-13-to-register-how-this-change-could-impact-kids-parents-and-marketers/2012/06/04/gJQAfYrHEV_blog.html