Would You Lie to Let Your Tween Join Facebook? Everybody Else is

6 years ago
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Is Facebook, the social networking site, becoming free childcare?

Would you let your 10-year-old child go alone into the Digital Disney World?

We're all struggling to keep up with the hectic lives, schedules, homework, struggles, friendships of our children and grandchildren. It's hard enough to keep track of the basics in the actual world. Now a series of new studies reveals too many of us are failing to keep track of what's going on with our children in a place they're spending far more time: the online world of social networking called Facebook

What if I told you 7.5 million pre-teens (5 million age 10 and younger) are spending hours each week exploring – unsupervised – a world where:

  • True identities can be completely hidden.
  • Kids post personal information, photographs, and video clips of themselves.
  • Children can post – and so others can track – their real-time location.
  • Privacy is murky and you are often a couple of clicks away from accidentally revealing everything you post, write, share with millions of people.
  • For adults in this world, the privacy rules are confusing, unclear and ever-changing. Imagine your 8-year-old child or grandchild navigating through it without adult supervision. Read more: Study: Parents Let Their Underage Kids Lie to Join Facebook

Pamela Cytrynbaum

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