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78 percent of parents helped create their child's Facebook account

Facebook has come a long way from being the website of the college elite. Facebook has long been open to high school students, and is developing technology to allow children under the age of 13 to legally create accounts on the site. However, even with the 13-and-over regulation in place, millions of children under 13 have created profiles using fake birthdays. We found the following alarming statistics about children using Facebook: 

  • Of the 20 million children signed up for Facebook, 7.5 million are under the age of 13 and 5 million are under the age of 10. (Consumer Reports)

  • There is no proof of any meaningful social or educational value of Facebook for children under 13. (Common Sense Media)

  • 37 percent of 10-to-12 year olds are on Facebook. (McAfee)

  • For kids who were under 13 at the time they signed up, 68 percent of parents "indicated that they helped their child create the account." (Harris Interactive)

  • Among 10-year-olds on Facebook, 95 percent of parents were aware their kids were using the service and 78 percent helped create the accounts. (Harris Interactive)

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