Facebook is looking for ways to allow children younger than 13 to use their services. Research shows 7.5 million kids under 13 use the site anyway, often with parental permission. Proponents believe that Facebook accounts for kids, with parent controls in place, would be a safer way for kids to use social networking. Those opposed to this move are concerned about privacy issues, online marketing to children, lack of educational value, and the impact on the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children. Ultimately, it is the parents’ responsibility to monitor and approve their kids’ online activities and keep them safe in an ever-evolving online environment.
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