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to think that 8 years old is too young to have your own FB account?

(18 Posts)
Shallistopnow Mon 18-Nov-13 11:13:43

That's all. Child is a girl, just turned 8. I just don't understand.

MadAsFish Mon 18-Nov-13 11:17:20

It isn't permitted anyway, I believe, according to Facebook's own terms of service.
And it's a bad idea in any case.

SaucyJack Mon 18-Nov-13 11:19:15

I don't think it matters at a young age as she is highly unlikely to be using it without parental supervision. It's pre-teens and younger teenagers that are most vulnerable IMO.

intitgrand Mon 18-Nov-13 11:20:40

No why?

FutTheShuckUp Mon 18-Nov-13 11:25:13

Of course it is you have to be 13 to have a fb account

kali110 Mon 18-Nov-13 11:27:01

Yes def too young.

TheArticFunky Mon 18-Nov-13 11:28:45

YANBU. A lot of parents are clueless when it comes to the internet.

CoffeeTea103 Mon 18-Nov-13 11:29:55

Yanbu, bloody hell that's too young.

OldBeanbagz Mon 18-Nov-13 11:31:59

Defo too young and against FB's own rules.

I have a friend who created an account for her 3 year old just so that she could interact with him on FarmVille hmm so bonkers parents are nothing unusual.

morethanpotatoprints Mon 18-Nov-13 11:33:34

I think it is too young and they are supposed to be 13 I think.
Saying that I suppose it depends on the reason for one.
If the child was some sort of child prodigy or very talented, in show business, I'm thinking fan club. If there was 100% parental control in these situations it is different.

Mintyy Mon 18-Nov-13 11:33:47

Of course it is. However, there will be replies on here saying otherwise wink.

Shallistopnow Mon 18-Nov-13 11:34:14

No why what, Intitgrand?!

RubberBullets Mon 18-Nov-13 11:35:27

FB minimum age is 13, youtube is exactly the same

PerpendicularVince Mon 18-Nov-13 11:37:35

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friday16 Mon 18-Nov-13 11:42:18

FB minimum age is 13, youtube is exactly the same

Remember that the reason US websites are nervous about 12 and under is nothing to do with children being too young, and the reason US websites are OK with 13 and upwards is nothing to do with children being the right age. It's that the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act makes collecting data that identifies children under 13 a royal pain for a US company, so they don't want to admit to doing it (or they want plausible deniability). Once users are 13 they're not really children for this purpose, so the operators don't care: that doesn't mean it's OK for children to use the sites, however.


JustAnotherFucker Mon 18-Nov-13 11:47:48

Too many variables to say.

My dc have had accounts (controlled by me) from a young age. At no time have they been in any danger of viewing anything inappropriate on fb any more than any other web-based interaction as I monitor it the same way as any other internet usage.

FB rules are not law confused and if they were really keen on keeping under 13's from having accounts rather than paying lip-service to it then checks would be more stringent. They are not because it suits fb to catch em young. That's fine with me and means phone bills in my house have reduced by almost 100% in the last few years thanks to internet technologies smile

AngelsLieToKeepControl Mon 18-Nov-13 11:55:50

My dd has her own and she is 9 she has had it for a couple of years now.

She is very, very closely monitored and only has family on there, we moved quite a distance, and it's a great way for her to keep in touch with them, see photos, send messages etc.

Also, I feel, because she got it when she was so young it is giving me a chance to teach her all about social networking at an age where she will never get unsupervised access to it so hopefully she will be more responsible when I do loosen the restrictions on it.

With the right supervision it's no big deal.

MTBMummy Mon 18-Nov-13 12:50:36

It's against the T&C's of FB to have an account if you're under 13, so report it and have it closed if it bothers you that much

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