Facebook is exploring ways to allow children under the age of 13 to use the social network, with parental supervision, of course. As you can imagine, allowing children under 13 to use the site would be awesome for Facebook. Kids love games and Facebook really makes money from games. And even though it’s technically illegal, kids lie about their age to get on Facebook anyway (many with their parent’s help and permission). So, what could be better for Facebook than to try to protect young children from all the potential bad stuff that goes on in social networks, like cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking? It sounds like a great plan? On the other hand, privacy advocates are being very vocal about their opposition to allowing anyone under age 13 to use Facebook. They say there are just too many things that can and will go wrong. Not the least of which is that Facebook hasn’t even gotten it right for teenagers.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – June 5, 2012
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).