A staggering number of American kids are flouting the age limit on Facebook.
A new “Consumer Reports” study finds at least seven-and-a-half-million children under age 13 have their own accounts on the popular social networking site. Most of those youngsters are believed to be younger than ten. Facebook requires new users to be at least 13-years-old to open an account. However, “Consumer Reports” says it is too easy for children to lie about their birth dates when they sign up for the website.
Also raising eyebrows is the finding that parents are much less likely to become Facebook “friends” with their children if the kids are under age ten. That makes it harder for parents to monitor their young children’s activities or stop potential bullies on the site. “Consumer Reports” says about a million kids on Facebook have been exposed to cyberbullying in the past year. More than five-million American households were exposed to online threats through the social network.