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Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook Age Limits

Kids Under 13 Should Use Facebook: Agree or Disagree?

Millions of preteens are already using Facebook, some lying about their age to get past sign-up restrictions, while others even get permission from their parents to create an account. And according to Mark Zuckerberg, getting kids online at an earlier age may help them with education.

While speaking at a NewSchools Summit in California this week, Facebook's CEO outlined how educating kids about the Internet should start at a younger age, and by doing so, we can learn how to make the Internet a safer place for children. He says:

"My philosophy is that for education you need to start at a really, really young age. Because of the restrictions we haven’t even begun this learning process. . . . If they’re lifted, then we’d start to learn what works. We’d take a lot of precautions to make sure that they [younger kids] are safe."

What do you think about this stance? Do you agree that kids should start learning about social networks (like Facebook), and the Internet at a younger age?

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GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
Personally there should be a a special networking site specifically for those under 13, heck even under 18 where parents should have access to the account in order to monitor their children's online activity.
thecolor thecolor 5 years
It does not make sense in todays digital age to intentionally restrict it. Education on/about it makes better sense, as there is no way to stop them from using it, and intentional restriction just leads to greater attempts to hide it and other things the child may feel are similiary criminal in the mind of the guard(s).
KarenN1 KarenN1 5 years
As a parent to two 11-year olds (who do not have Facebook accounts, btw, unlike many of their friends), I think that Facebook could have a lot of value for pre-teens. But agreed that there should be additional layers of parental controls that are in place. These kids aren't just talking smack to their friends. Their cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc., are all on Facebook. It holds the opportunity to also open the window of communication within families that don't live nearby. But agreed, it should be approached smartly so kids have more guidance in making smart online choices. I also believe that kids' accounts should be opened with very locked-down privacy settings, by default, to help keep their information secure.
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