Facebook to restrict options for users under 13

Channels Television  
Updated June 4, 2012

Facebook may be preparing a membership option for children under 13, allowing them to access the social network under parental supervision, according to a report.

According to facebook in a statement, the new option will allow children under 13 to have accounts linked to those of their parents. Parents will be able to control who their children add as friends and which apps they use. The new features may also allow Facebook to charge parents for games and entertainment their children access.

Many recent reports have highlighted just how difficult it is to enforce age restrictions on the Internet, especially when parents want their children to access online content and services,” the statement said. “We are in continuous dialogue with stakeholders, regulators and other policymakers about how best to help parents keep their kids safe in an evolving online environment.”

Though Facebook currently restricts users under 13, studies have shown that as much as 38% of children on Facebook ae under 12. If Facebook opens its digital doors to youth, it could significantly increase its user base of 900 million.