The metro New York free paper reported on some pretty alarming statistics today! Facebook may be taking over the Internet but that doesn’t mean rules don’t apply. Read on to get the surprising scoop on preteen Facebook users…
According to Consumer Reports Magazine, nearly 7.4 million preteens have created and used a Facebook account. Why is this a big deal you ask? Well, because according to Facebook policy, you must be 13 years of age or older to legally use the websites services.
This policy hasn’t stopped preteens from signing up, because they can simply lie about their age when registering. Consumer Reports did some serious surveying and came to the conclusion that a whopping 5 million of the 7.4 preteen users, were under the age of 10. Yikes.
If you aren’t familiar with Facebook, this means that any of these preteen users can potentially connect with the sites half a billion other users. The survey also concluded, that most of the children under the age of 10 were using the site unsupervised. Considering the possible threats these minors could face, its quite disturbing.
“Ten-year-olds need protection from other hazards that might lurk on the Internet, such as links that infect their computer with malware and invitations from strangers, not to mention bullies,” the report states.
Here’s to hoping parents of preteens start practicing better Internet control methods!
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