Study: Parents Helping Underage Kids Get On Facebook

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Courtesy Global Comm Class

Facebook has a 13 or older policy to create a profile, but a new study shows that 78 percent of parents have helped their pre-teen get on the social networking site.

The study found that 82 percent of parents knew their 12-year-old had a Facebook profile, and that the majority of those parents had helped their kid get around the age requirement when setting up their account.

The reason behind the age restriction is because of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, that prevents websites from collecting data from kids under the age of 13 without their parents’ permission.

The study goes on to suggest that a kid-friendly Facebook might be the answer — what do you think?  Have you ever helped your kid get on Facebook?  Let us know in the comments below.

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