Facebook access for kids under 13 now being developed, reports say

By on Jun 4, 2012 in Internet, Lifestyle, Parenting, Technology, World Comments

Facebook was said to be currently developing a technology that would allow access for kids under 13 years old under the supervision of their parents, and some related mechanisms are now being tested.

According to a report by Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Monday, June 4, 2012, people who have spoken with Facebook executives regarding the technology said that the mechanisms being tested include building connections between the parents’ accounts and that of their children.

As noted in the report, parents then will be allowed to have control of their children’s Facebook accounts, which include deciding whom they can be ‘friends’ with and the applications they can use; and will be charged for the games and other entertainment accessed by their kids.

“Recent reports have highlighted just how difficult it is to enforce age restrictions on the Internet, especially when parents want their children to access online content and services,” Facebook was quoted as their response to WSJ‘s questions about the new technology.

“We are in continuous dialogue with stakeholders, regulators and other policy makers about how best to help parents keep their kids safe in an evolving online environment.” Facebook added, with the reality that a lot of children under 13 lie about their ages so that they will be able to get their own accounts.

Apparently, WSJ mentioned that Consumer Reports last year said that 7.5 million children below 13 years old have their own Facebook accounts, and over five million of them are below 10 years old; which is being noted as a big percentage with respect to the 900 million users worldwide.

Facebook’s notification to new users, explaining why they should put their birthday
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