Facebook – What age would you Let your Child Set up an Account?

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.

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2 comments on “Facebook – What age would you Let your Child Set up an Account?

  1. What happened to 8, 9, & 10???? I have a choice of 11, and then it goes to 7 or earlier. Well, 7 or earlier is a bit early in my opinion, but I have a 9 year old, and I believe she is old enough to start learning about facebook if she wants to. Thus far she hasn’t asked about it, though.

    One thing is for certain. Thirteen is way too late to be introducing them to it. At that point, they have already gotten to the rebellion stage. I believe we want them to be introduced to something like that before they get to that stage, while it is still possible to guide them.

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