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Patch's Poll: Should Children Be Allowed to Use Facebook?

The social media giant is apparently looking at ways to allow kids under the age of 13 to gain access to the website.

There are nearly 900 million Facebook users in the world, including an estimated 7.5 million children under the age of 13.

Last year, The Huffington Post reported that Facebook removed 20,000 underage accounts on a daily basis because the company prohibits kids under 13 from having profiles. The ban is based on government regulation.

But, that may soon change.

The AP reported this week that the social media giant is testing ways to allow kids under the age of 13 to participate without having to lie.

“This would likely be under parental supervision, such as connecting children’s accounts to their parents’ accounts,” the news agency reported.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is testing a parent control system in which parents decide whom their kids can “friend.”

What do you think? Should kids under the age of 13 be allowed a Facebook account? Would you support being in charge of that account? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Paul June 05, 2012 at 11:53 PM
We can only hope that the 2 who voted yes aren't raising any KIDS. Hard to beliieve that anyone in this day and age could not understsnd the dangers here
Elizabeth June 06, 2012 at 11:36 AM
What happened to kids playing outside, reading books and being KIDS? Why do they need so much screen time on the TV, computer, and video game systems? My kids get very little screen time. Practically nothing during the week (unless it's a rainy day and they have both had good days), and very little on the weekends. *I* don't have facebook. There is no way I would allow my kids to have one at their ages.
Lynn Kimmerle June 06, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Young children on Facebook....It's such a bad idea, on so many levels. 1. The most serious and obvious problem is predators. No matter how many safeguards or parental controls there are, a bad element will always find a way in. It might even be a family member signing into the child's account. 2. Children under 13 should be spending time with their families, doing homework or outside playing with their friends, not visting them on computers. 3. Cyber-bullying - There is already too much bullying, why add another venue for this to happen. I can only hope that this idea will be a total flop if the rumors are true and Facebook actually launches FB for children.
Ed Johnson June 06, 2012 at 02:38 PM
No FB for kids under 13. I've already seen too many older teen-agers get jammed up as it is....using FB as a means to attack one another and/or start rumors...to say nothing of dropping the F-bomb as if its the only word in the English language....and I agree with Lynn above on the predator problem. Enough already.
CA June 06, 2012 at 02:44 PM
No, I don't believe children should be on facebook as well as some adults. One of the dangers I see with Facebook is that people are losing the ability to communicate with each other face to face. Socializing in person is important. Calling someone on the phone is important. Alot of times, people use facebook as an excuse not to call up someone and they give the excuse that I don't have enough time to call them. It is sad that this is happening. I don't care for facebook due to having to go into a person's daily happenings which is a private thing to others. I don't really need to read about the party the night before. Children need to communicate with each other and play with each other. Not just sit at a computer all day, typing away.

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