Facebook planning to allow under-13s: Is this a good decision?

Simon Milner, Head of Policy in Facebook, Britain, recently declared that Facebook is planning to abolish the act of disallowing children below 13 years of age from becoming members (this CNET post explains the situation well). The opinions obviously are divided straight down the middle. Many parents feel that this age limit is necessary as it helps protect children from various threats on the social network. While there are others who will welcome this news as they feel that the decision to allow their kids on Facebook should be in their hands alone. After all, all it takes for an individual below 13 years to register on the network is to lie about their date of birth, with or without their parents consent. While there may be children who want to be on Facebook because their parents are on it, there are parents who actively encourage their young kids themselves to circumvent this rule. They claim that it is a far more dangerous situation if a 10 year old, for instance, pretends to be a 16 year old.

While this is true to a certain extent, I believe the minimum age limit is necessary. Young children are vulnerable and susceptible to various threats over social networks. They can fall prey to malicious parties if left unmonitored. People who wish to navigate around this rule will always find a way to do so, but we must think about many others who are genuinely safe thanks to this stipulation. Young children are not mature enough to distinguish between real and fake friend requests. They are more likely to click on fake links and can also fall victim to various online crimes like cyber-bullying, phishing scams, spam etc. Threats like these can be avoided with adult supervision and monitoring, but it is unreasonable to assume that an adult will be around every time a child accesses Facebook. The platform has garnered 900 million users while upholding this age limit, so I see no reason for them to now expose children to various threats just to increase their user base.

We would like to know what you think – Should Facebook maintain their under-13 age limit or not? Feel free to share your opinion with us.


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himanshu
himanshu
8 years ago

no! facebook should maintain their under age limit!

facebook iz not a real life!
itz d virtual life
moreover they wont b able to distinguish between whatz right n whatz not!!

Hemant Sanghavi
Hemant Sanghavi
8 years ago

I think apart from other angles, it will increase unnecessary burden on Facebook traffic. As most of children are free either in morning time or in afternoon time depending upon their school timing, they will go for face book surfing in their free extra time, where they are supposed to play games outside home.

But I hope that when Facebook took decision, they kept other alternative in their mind.

Rahul
Rahul
8 years ago

Yes i am agreed with himanshu…

Ayush Bhagat
Ayush Bhagat
8 years ago

i think yes bcoz as it is children under the age of 13 put fake birthdays days and enter facebook

X VIRUS LAB
X VIRUS LAB
8 years ago

It is not acceptable to allow under the age group of 13 years for facebook usage. I think facebook is trying to grab teenage users attention also and want to increase the users. Not a good idea by the Facebook.

Dinesh Jumani
Dinesh Jumani
8 years ago

i think they should not do that.

NIRVAN
NIRVAN
8 years ago

yup its a good decision………

Sanjay
Sanjay
8 years ago

it is wise decision, sometimes children does not openup with us , but share lot of unknown facts with freinds. all child can be monitored at one place. Think about it.

ashvin patel
ashvin patel
8 years ago

yup it is right decesion………

moo
moo
8 years ago

FB should keep the 13-years-old-age-limit decision.

Source:

I hate FB.

Kanishk Singh
Kanishk Singh
8 years ago

I don’t think its a Right decision.Even though Facebook.Inc hasn’t approved this policy yet,there are thousands of children who fake their birth year on this online social networking site.One of my friends even has done the same.Approving this policy for the benefit of increasing the number of members is definetly not right.

RAJNISH
RAJNISH
8 years ago

I AGREE WITH THIS DECISION

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