Parents Help Kids Sign Up For FB
November 4, 2011 by staff
According to the survey of 1,007 parents conducted by researchers from academia and Microsoft Research, 36 percent of parents were aware that their children joined Facebook before age 13 and a significant percentage of parents help their children lie about their age to join the social networking site.
“55 percent of parents aged 12 years report their child has an account on Facebook, 82 percent of these parents knew that their minor child enrolled and 76 percent of aid in the creation of the account, “Fox News quoted Danah Boyd, the lead author of the agency.
The study comes at a time of debate in Washington over whether to amend the Law on Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act or Coppa.
To comply with the Cup, Facebook and many other social networking sites require prospective new members are identified as 13 and older.
The study was published online in the journal First Monday.
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