If you have a teenager in your house, more than likely he or she has a Facebook account. It is the most popular social media network in the world and the second most popular website behind Google.
The Child Online Privacy Protection Act prevents companies like Facebook from collecting data on anyone under 13 without parental consent. Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has expressed his opposition to COPPA on the grounds that the social media site is “educational”. However, Facebook’s user agreement states you must be 13 in order to register for an account. This hasn’t stopped parents or kids from registering account for their children. I’ve even seen some parents register an account for their unborn child.
7.5 million accounts on Facebook belong to children under the age of 12. Although 74% of parents are concerned about their child’s online privacy, many feel that children under 13 should be allowed to have a Facebook account in order to learn how to use the Internet responsibly.