Parents and Kids Lie On Facebook

Parents Kids Lie Facebook – Millions of kids with the help of their parents lie in order to sign up for Facebook.

Microsoft and university researchers have come to this conclusion following a new survey.

Facebook sets the minimum age for using its service at 13 to comply with federal laws that shield children’s online privacy. But, guardians help preteens lie in order to get around the age limit so they can interact online with relatives and friends.

The survey found that more than half of all parents with 12-year-olds and 1 in 5 parents of 10-year-olds knew their kids were using the social network. Nearly 7 in 10 of the adults admitted they helped their kids lie in order set up the accounts. Consumer Reports had previously reported that 7 million underage users were on Facebook.

Boyd, a senior researcher with Microsoft Research, teamed up with Eszter Hargittai from Northwestern University, Jason Schultz from UC Berkeley and John Palfrey from Harvard to take a closer look at the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, COPPA, which restricts websites from collecting information from children under the age of 13. 

Regulators are considering updating COPPA to reflect the new era of social networks and smartphone apps. Last month, the Federal Trade Commission proposed tougher privacy protections for children younger than 13, broadening requirements covering the collection of personal information by websites and online apps, as well as how they obtain parental approval.

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