Facebook: Parents ‘help children break age limits’

by the BBC

Children under the age of 13 are not supposed to have Facebook accounts. Parents are helping their children to set up under-age profiles on social networking site Facebook, Children’s Minister Tim Loughton has said. This meant that children were getting involved in social media at too young an age, he suggested. He added that parents had a responsibility to monitor youngsters’ online activity. The comments came in a debate on “sexting” – youngsters sending explicit pictures to each other. Mr Loughton, who has three teenage children, said parents had a responsibility to monitor youngsters online, adding: “Having a Facebook page, you should be at least 13 to do that. That is not legally enforceable.


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