Monday Media: Should kids use Facebook?

The Economist just ran an article titled “Facebook and children: Let the nippers network” in which they maintain that “with appropriate safeguards, children should be allowed to use social networks.”

“The problem is that the under-13s can enroll on Facebook simply by lying about their age.”
-The Economist 6/9/12

The article reasons the following:

  • Kids are already doing it: 5.6 million under-13s in the US alone have registered sites by lying about their age.
  • Since FB does not recognize them as “kids,” there is nothing in place to protect them: kids can post pictures, show their current location, and download paid apps just like anyone else.
  • Since banning children clearly doesn’t work, FB and other social networking sites should create a modified platform for kids that includes extra privacy safeguards and parental-supervision & consent requirements

It’s an interesting question:
In a digital world, how young should we issue full citizenship?
Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

About Tara Sullivan

Author of GOLDEN BOY (2013), THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET (2016), and TREASURE OF THE WORLD (2021). Published by Penguin Books for Young Readers Find out more at Or, follow me on Twitter: @SullivanStories
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