Facebook Considers Lifting 13-Year-Old User Ban


POSTED: Monday, June 4, 2012 - 6:43pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 10:28am

Facebook is developing technology that would allow children under 13 to use Facebook if their parents supervise.

Many parents in El Paso said 13 year olds should not have a Facebook page.

Irene Romero, a mother of six, said her 11-year-old son asked if he could create his own page and she said no.

"Some of the pictures and things that people post, I don't think are appropriate for somebody that age," said Romero.

Romero thinks Facebook should block kids 16 and younger.

"I worry a lot about predators on there. I work at a hospital. You see a lot of things that happen and that's what scares me the most," said Romero.

Other parents have the same concerns.

"She's asked me repeatedly to have Facebook account and I've told her no. She's too young for that. She doesn't need to be on a social networking site at that age,” said parent Corina Nguyen. “I've had instances where people's accounts have been hacked into. You never know who's out there."

"I want to make sure he's not being harassed, bullied and making sure people aren't trying to take advantage of young people," said parent Placida Uranga.

The new Facebook technology would connect children's accounts to their parents accounts and it would allow parents to decide who their child can "friend".

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If a child under the required age wants to create a profile, they will do so without parents knowing and lie about their age. Facebook also claims that their account will be connected to their parents! What makes Facebook think that all parents have an account? I for one know many parents who refuse to have facebook accounts.

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