Every week I write a column for Want2Dish.com. This week’s focus is Facebook and young children.
Rumors abound that Facebook is seriously considering allowing children under the age of 13 to create accounts on its site.
The Internet is in a tizzy.
Current policy states that users must be 13 or older, although an estimated 7.5 million underaged children are reportedly already on Facebook, most of whom did so with their parents’ help.
Lowering the age limit and allowing a flood of children users in is, in my humble opinion, a very bad idea. A very, very, very bad idea.
And I am not alone. In fact, Common Sense Media has launched a petition to stop Facebook from targeting young children. The advocacy group says it is “concerned about the impact of Social Networking on Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development of Children.”
James P. Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media stated, “Parents are already worried about how Facebook impacts our teens’ interpersonal relationships, emotional well-being, and reputation. Making Facebook available to very young children before we fully understand its impact on their development and well-being would be careless.”
I share some of the group’s concerns.
My thoughts here….