Facebook Banning Children For Lying About Age

Congratulations to Facebook for actively banning kids who are lying about their age. Age requirements are important, because young students are often prone to making bad choices with social media and fail to use the recommended privacy settings:

Social networking giant Facebook is banning 20,000 children every day because they have lied about their age to join the site.

The company admitted it had to do more to stop young people using Facebook, as it revealed about a third of Australia’s population uses the site every day, the Herald Sun reported.

At a parliamentary inquiry into cyber-bullying, other social networking and online companies called for campaigns to highlight the dangers of the internet.

And there have been calls for an overhaul of the Australian school curriculum to include more effective cyber-danger classes.

The chief privacy adviser of Facebook, Mozelle Thompson, said many Australian children under the age of 13 were trying to access the site by lying about their age.

“It’s something that happens on a regular basis,” Mr Thompson said.

Globally, about seven million children who lie about their age are blocked from the site each year.

For those parents/teachers unaware of the problem of cyber-saftey or if you have children or students that don’t use the privacy settings option, I urge you to watch this clip with them.

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5 Responses to “Facebook Banning Children For Lying About Age”

  1. Anthony Purcell Says:

    So should we as educators be notifying Facebook of our underage students on there? Is that our duty? What are your thoughts about that?

  2. Michael G. Says:

    Anthony thanks for your question and your ongoing support. I would certainly discuss the matter with the child’s parents, but would not take the matter further. Once the parents are made aware, I have done all I need to do. Notifying Facebook is not for me to do – it’s for the parents.

    Unfortunately, as you know so well, parents in more cases than not will choose not to act.

  3. Anthony Purcell Says:

    I shared this on Facebook, and I had a parent reply. Here is her reply:

    Eh…I dunno about this. My gal has a FB and she keeps in touch with cousins and aunts and uncles, and even grandparents. She is able to keep in touch with many of her friends from Idaho and kids from school. I check her FB daily, if not more than once a day to see what shes up to and I know her username and password. I keep thinking that there should be a way that kids under 13 could be brought in with an adults permission.

    I know this parent very well. I know that she does this. She also has an older child. So my question now, is this wrong? She watches and makes sure that her child doesn’t do anything wrong. Now, I know most parents don’t do this. I feel that parents should have access to their child’s FB page until they are 18. It’s such a gray area.

    • Michael G. Says:

      Thanks for sharing the post with others. My response concerning this parent is that whilst a child under 13 is not allowed to have a Facebook page, her parents are at least clearly monitoring its use. Unfortunately, for every child who has a Facebook that is monitored, many do not. That clip which I attached shows that children are unaware of the privacy settings mode, therefore compromising their safety from predators and bullies.

      Whilst I trust that some children use Facebook wisely, many do not. It’s those that don’t, that have me concerned.

  4. Katie Says:

    Why cant we just report kids who we know are under the age 13 have them banned, personal I think it should be 16 not 13 they are still kids & are very navie. If you are friends with this kid they see everything and some content on fb is not suitable for kids of that age. come on fb put something on there that parents or other adults can use to remove a kid who is under 16.

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