December 6, 2013
Parents strongly disagree with allowing children under 13 to join Facebook, according to researchers at the Yale Rudd Center. Facebook’s current terms of service do not allow children under 13 to become members, but the social networking site is considering relaxing these rules.
Researchers surveyed a sample of parents about whether children under age 13 should have their own Facebook profiles and whether Facebook should allow advertisers to use Facebook profiles and other information to target marketing to children.
Over 73% of the parents surveyed do not agree that children under the age of 13 should have their own Facebook profiles. In addition, if children under 13 are permitted to use Facebook, more than two-thirds of the parents surveyed said it would not be okay for fast food, soft drink and other snack companies to market to children on Facebook or for any advertisers to use Facebook information to target children.