Facebook Plans to Open Network to Children

June 4th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

As of now, you need to be at least 13 years old to register in Facebook, but we know children have been using the social network by lying about their birthdate upon registration. Those game apps are too tough to resist, you know. Because of this, Facebook plans to make the kids welcome to their site, but with certain limitations.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is testing some mechanisms that would allow children below the age of 13 to register, but their accounts will be connected to those of their parents. Mom and Dad hold the authority on whom their kids can make friends with and what apps they can use. The kids can enjoy playing Farmville, Gardens of Time, and Bubble Witch Saga without fear from being suspended by Facebook, but parents need to remind their children to be careful about buying virtual stuff using Facebook Credits since it will be charged to the parent account.

There is, however, a bigger picture as to why Facebook prohibited kids from becoming members in the first place. Federal regulations are placed that bar companies such as Facebook from collecting personal data on children, unless the parents grant permission. That is why the proposed children accounts on Facebook require to be connected to their parents.

At least that’s a more sensible step rather than suspend Facebook accounts owned by children.

Source: Wall Street Journal, via Slashgear