What I always thought of (before starting this blog) was allowing the youths having their profile under the consent of a responsible adult. The adult in question (mom, daddy etc) would moderate the acceptance of new friends, posts containing external links (we shall agree that there’s no need to moderate kids’ and teens’ messaging among equals) and similar things. That’s a way taking care of who has access to the kids’ pages and way a protecting them. Moreover there is already a hard control from the website over the content of what people post out there, picture they publish and so on and so forth.
The arguments for this? There are many. Inclusion, new ways of socializing, and some you find around… specially the need of creating fake accounts, right parents? What about you, reader, have you ever created a facebook account to an under aged user?
This stiod would give facebook a bit of work, but it is nothing they can’t cope with, or is it?
- More than half of parents admit to snooping on Facebook (ctv.ca)
- Facebook: before and after kids. (confessionsofamediocremom.wordpress.com)
- Class Notes: So many reasons to be proud of our kids who ‘Do the Right Thing’ (naplesnews.com)
- Thirty-eight percent of kids on Facebook under 12? (news.cnet.com)
- 38% of kids on Facebook are under the minimum age of 13 (zdnet.com)