Are 'Tweens Ready For Facebook?Play
Here & Now Guest:
- Deborah Kotz, mom and health blogger for the Boston Globe
- Dr. Michael Rich, Director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital in Boston.
Do you know 'tweens, or pre-teens, who are on Facebook? They're not supposed to be. Besides the fact that Facebook's minimum age is 13, there is federal law that bans children under13 from opening social media accounts without verifiable parental consent.
But millions of 'tweens, often with their parents' approval, simply enter a fake birth date to open a social media account. Dr. Michael Rich surveyed 6th graders in Brookline, Massachusetts and found that 42% were already on Facebook.
Many have been allowed to sign up illegally by parents like Deborah Kotz, who let her 12-year old sign up for Facebook, but soon came to regret it after learning more from Dr. Rich.
Rich shared one startling statistic with Here & Now's Monica Brady-Myerov. "Six % of ['tweens surveyed] said they had been asked for a photograph of themselves by someone they didn't know," he said.
- Boston Globe: Guidelines for 'Tweens on Facebook
- Facebook: Should 'Tweens be on Facebook?
This segment aired on June 20, 2011.