Facebook 7.5 Million Underage Kids

November 4, 2011 by staff 

Facebook 7.5 Million Underage KidsFacebook 7.5 Million Underage Kids, Children’s Online U.S. Act privacy protection undermines the ability of parents to make decisions about the use of children online, a study released Tuesday.

The study – conducted by researchers at New York University, Northwestern University, the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University – said the social networking sites like Facebook to restrict access to children on the basis of COPPA But parents often help underage kids set up accounts. The researchers say this creates problems of security and privacy by not allowing the parents more control over what their children do online and what data is collected about them.

The study found that 36 percent of parents surveyed said they knew their son joined Facebook before reaching the age of 13 and 68 percent of parents helped their child create an account. Fifty-three percent of parents knew there was a minimum age to join Facebook and 35 percent think that age is a recommendation, not a requirement.

“Copper is well intentioned, but has significant unintended consequences in terms of promoting widespread use of websites such as Facebook, Skype, Gmail and to limit children under 13 years have access to educational and social opportunities,” said the study.

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