Ok, not that I am a parent either, but… really, Mark? You want children under 13 on Facebook?
I’m hoping that people will take a stand on this one because I think it’s important. So far, the comments on the article I read are loud and clear that people are against this, as is Jim Tobin to whom I’d like to give credit for bringing my attention to this in the first place:
Zuckerberg’s push to lift the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) upsets me because we’ve all heard horror stories about children being abducted because they didn’t know how to protect themselves online. Kids don’t understand the safety concerns with publishing all kinds of information like where they live and whether they’re home alone.
The sad truth is there are dangerous people out there. I’m all for fewer restrictions, but not at the expense of children’s safety. Unfortunately, people who want to cause problems are often very savvy. If kids are “available” online, these people will find them, friend them and take advantage of the information they learn about them (their interests, what they’re doing, who they talk to, where they go to school, etc.).
I understand that it’s a parent’s job to protect their child and not Facebook’s job, but many parents don’t understand Facebook well enough to fight this battle. Is it worth the risk to test it out? I also understand that a lot of kids under 13 are already on Facebook anyway by lying about their age, but let’s not start encouraging more of them to join the bandwagon.
I know it’s not related, but I can’t help but notice that this comes in the same week that Facebook dropped restrictions for the advertisement of tobacco, liquor, guns and other “adult” items. Just sayin’.
Please feel free to comment. Thoughts?
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