Let’s be honest, we all know someone who either has a kid or our own children who has a Facebook account and does not adhere to Facebook’s policy that you must be at least 13 years of age to sign up. For youth workers like myself, this becomes a tricky situation.
Do we tattle or be cool?
As parents, it is also grey because you essentially “sign off” on them getting an account, but do you really know all the fears of letting them on social network and do you really know what your child is doing online? [Did you know it's illegal to do this?]
The infographic below shows a study done by MinorMonitor.com that shows some of the thoughts of parents and statistics in regards to teens online. Here is a brief highlight of the infographic:
- 38% of all kids on Facebook are under 13
- 74% of parents are concerned about their child’s safety with the fear of sexual predators being the biggest of those fears.
- 41% of parents are fearful of cyberbullying and with good reason. 30% of peope have experienced cyberbullying.
- 51% of parents monitor their child’s account, but do they really know what all they are doing? (You can EASILY delete conversations…)
What is your opinion of teens both 17-13 and under 13 years of age being on Facebook?
Did you know that it’s illegal for those under age 13?