Facebook Explores Giving Kids Access
Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 04/06/2012 19:08
Facebook Inc. is developing technology that would allow children younger than 13 years old to use the social-networking site under parental supervision, a step that could help the company tap a new pool of users for revenue but also inflame privacy concerns.
Mechanisms being tested include connecting children's accounts to their parents' and controls that would allow parents to decide whom their kids can "friend" and what applications they can use, people who have spoken with Facebook executives about the technology said. The under-13 features could enable Facebook and its partners to charge parents for games and other entertainment accessed by their children, the people said.
Facebook Is Said to Explore Giving Access to Children Under 13
Facebook Inc. is exploring ways to let children under 13 onto its social network, a person with knowledge of the matter said, a move that would expand its user base while inviting more scrutiny over privacy and security.
The Menlo Park, California-based company hasn't made a final decision on whether or how to give access to children younger than 13 years old, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.