My Personal Assistant, Kirsty, has an eight year old daughter who recently asked if she could set up a Facebook account because “loads of my friends are on it”. Having looked into this, she was astounded to find 6 children (friends and family) under the age of 11 who were regularly using Facebook, including the daughter of one of her closest friends. Her friend in fact doesn’t use Facebook and has no idea what her daughter may be doing online.
Facebook’s official policy is that children under the age of 13 cannot become a member although it is very easy to add a false date of birth – no checks are made. Interestingly, we have just come across this link from the BBC discussing the same question http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13129150
We wanted to ask parents the question “What age would you let your child have a Facebook account”? To this end, we would be interested in finding out your opinion by taking part in our poll below:
If you have any concerns about your child’s safety online or need to refresh your own knowledge in order to keep up, the link below is an excellent source of information.