From my article on ABC Technology + Gaming this week.
Should kids under 13 years of age be allowed on Facebook? Should the age limit for Facebook, which is now 13+ be raised to 18+?
From a recent article on Dawn.com: “WASHINGTON: Some 7.5 million of the 20 million minors who used Facebook in the past year were younger than 13, and a million of them were bullied, harassed or threatened on the site, says a study released Tuesday. Even more troubling, more than five million Facebook users were 10 years old or younger, and they were allowed to use Facebook largely without parental supervision leaving them vulnerable to threats ranging from malware to sexual predators, the State of the Net survey by Consumer Reports found.”
At the recent Standing Committee of Attorney’s General meeting in Adelaide, there was a discussion about the existing Australian privacy laws in regard to parents legally having access to their children’s Facebook accounts. During the discussion, an options paper was considered and discussed about whether the user age limit for Facebook in Australia should be raised from 13 to 18, while also requiring proof of age to sign up. See the rest of this story Here on the ABC Website
This is a “HOT BUTTON” issue for a lot of parents right now, and if it isn’t for you and you have kids on Facebook under 13 years old, it should be!