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?