Study Reveals Many Under 13’s Are Using Facebook

Facebook is a big part of many people’s social lives, allowing us to keep in touch and communicate but it can also be an unwilling host to different scams trying to get a hold of information. This is why Facebook has an age limiter in place, denying access to anybody under the age of 13.

However, according to a study by the London School of Economics, many children under the age of 13 are bypassing this age restriction and are using the service regardless of any age limit. The full story over on BBC Technology says that 43% of surveyed 9-12 year olds said that they maintained a social networking profile.

The issue here is that of online bullying. It is very easy to write a harmful comment on Facebook, and whether or not it was intended to do so, a single comment on a status or picture could cause great distress to a child who is surfing a social network. Facebook is also a place where they could get in touch with people that their parents do not wish them to talk to, and this could lead to major problems down the line.

The solution to this problem is simply just good parenting. If you are a parent, don’t allow your child unfiltered and unmonitored access to the internet. Talk with them about what they are looking at, and discuss with them about what information that they are accessing. Maybe put limits on what they can and cannot access and explain to them why. If you need help, there are support networks available on the web for whatever situation you find yourself with.

To check out all the statistics and further analysis on what these statistics mean, check out the full article over on BBC Technology

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