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Three days ago, when i opened my Facebook page I had a friend request waiting. It was a request from my three year old niece . That was too much for me. I have received request from young people before even her seven year old brother,(did not accept it) but three on Facebook is too much.It made me ask; can anyone get on Facebook regardless of age. Does the psychological limits, privacy risks of children not matter.

From this I had a lot more questions like: is there an age requirement on social media sites like Facebook, why there should be age requirements, considering some parents set up their children's accounts, who would enforce these requirements, the parents or the site administrators? Are there age requirements on social media sites, yes there are. Facebook and MySpace have a requirement of thirteen years old, while until September 2009 Twitter did too. In September 2009 Twitter decided to omit the age requirement portion of their terms and conditions, so now anyone of any age can create a Twitter account. Why should there be age requirements on Facebook? One reason is that children are more susceptible to the dangers of the internet. Dangers like pedophiles, who create fake accounts to lure young people to them. A U.S. Appeals Court ruled that convicted sex offenders cannot be barred from operating Facebook accounts, as it’s unconstitutional to deny them such a ubiquitous form of communication. Another reason is privacy issues. Children are more likely than adults or older teens to provide there real address and phone number. Also Cyber-Trolls don't care about the age of their victims, they just want to bash and bully. Cyber-bullying is an issue that is running rampant and with age restrictions this can help cut down on it. Who would enforce these restrictions? The problem with enforcing this requirement for administrators is that they don't have a way of identifying individual ages, because that would cause privacy issues. But I feel that parents should be the enforcers. The main reason for this is the parents job is to raise their children and not to knowingly put their children in danger. In the cases where parents create the account or give permission for their children to lie they should have their accounts deactivated, for violating the terms and conditions of the site. These are the same parents that get upset when their children take part in things they shouldn't but the parent gave them access. Age requirements on social media sites are a must. They are necessary to help protect a generation of young people from the dangers of the very accessible internet. This is not only my concern but obviously the Federal Government cares and has tried to make guidelines for dealing with children while on line for advertisers, site administrators and other companies. While it is difficult to police the underage usage on social media parents should be held responsible for monitoring their children and making sure they follow the rules and terms and conditions set by the sites.
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Underage on Facebook

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What are millions of children under 13 doing on the social networking giant? Their parents aren't exactly sure—and that's what's so frightening.
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When I was younger I wanted to do what my mom did, say the things she and other adults said, i just wanted to grow up, but i wasnt ready. Just like these young people that feel they are ready for the things they will encounter on Facebook. If they thought bullying in school is bad joining the 'BOOK' will introduce them to a whole other aspect of it. Some children realize the dangers and wait to venture into the social media jungle and others fall victim to its native savages.

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Facebook Still Has a Big Problem with Underage Users, and They Know It

Facebook Still Has a Big Problem with Underage Users, and They Know It | Age Requirements on social media | Scoop.it
Facebook policy strictly prohibits anyone under the age of 13 from operating an account. As you're probably well aware, plenty of kids under the age …
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The struggle to stop underage accounts is a fight that Facebook does not know how to fight. This is an issue that they deal with on a daily basis, encountering an estimated 20,000 underage accounts daily. I choose this article because it shows the growing problem of children stepping into the adult realm. It also discusses different options Facebook might take in either combating the problem or eliminating the age requirement all together.

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Social networks and kids: How young is too young? - CNN.com

Social networks and kids: How young is too young? - CNN.com | Age Requirements on social media | Scoop.it
Status updates, photo tagging and FarmVille aren't just for adults or even teenagers anymore.
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Fun and games is what being a kid is all about and there are dozens of sites dedicated to making that happen for them. But like we were when we were younger if our parents did something that seemed fun we wanted to do it to. This is what is going on in the land of social media. Children want to play games like Candy Crush, CityVille, and Pet Rescue Saga like their parents but the problem is that these games are on social media sites

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Should 13 be the minimum age for Facebook?

There are minimum age requirements for drinking and driving. Some educators are calling for a minimum age requirements for using Facebook. Can younger teens ...
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This video points out the restrictions on so many things in society except social media. Restrictions that are enforced but the social media restrictions are easily bypassed by clicking a button saying they are age appropriate for the site. It also points out the fact that parents are helping their children to access the sites

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Maine Teens Wary of Social Media After Homicide

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This article is one example of why age requirements are necessary. There are dangers in the world that at one time were not so easy to encounter, but the internet brings those things right into our homes. Children and teens are not mentally ready to handl3 or identify the things they can encounter on the web

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Kids, Teens and Social Media – How Young is Too Young? | ThirdParent

Kids, Teens and Social Media – How Young is Too Young? | ThirdParent | Age Requirements on social media | Scoop.it
If you’re a parent who is afraid of kids' social media use, or one who bans its use by your kids altogether, you might want to reconsider.
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This article discusses, from a parents point of view, the balance of being a good parent and allowing your child freedoms that society has made available. Which is a struggle for parents today. It presents four questions about the age requirements and lack of requirements on other sites. Also gives advice on how parents can educate their children and themselves on the best way to handle social media sites.

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Kids raped, sodomized on Facebook pages

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Choosing this topic I knew I would discover things that would  make me squirm, but this article is not what i expected. The dangers on Facebook and other social media sites are just catalogs for child predators. While parents and young users think they are sharing cute pictures with their friends and family they are just stock piling pictures for the pedophiles to share. 

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Parent Guide to Internet Safety

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There are many dangers out there on the internet and parents need help on how their child can do it safely. Especially sense parents are helping their children get on to  social media sites. This guide shows how important it is for our children to be safe online to the government in contrast to site owners and advertisers

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COPPA - Children's Online Privacy Protection

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This article displays the rules for online privacy for children. It gives the rules companies must follow when dealing with children online.

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Facebook Used to Kidnap, Traffic Indonesian Girls

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Because social media is worldwide the problems and dangers that go along with it are too. Social media sites that allow young users are putting those users at greater risk than the adult users. Yes adults are taken advantage of on social media youngsters are more nieve.

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Facebook mulls lowering age restrictions

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Facebook is considering ways to invite children younger than 13 onto its social network.
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This article shows how important it is for sites to make money instead of worring about the well being of their users and how privacy issues can rise from the lowering of the age restriction. As of right now Facebooks age requirement is 13 years old.  It discusses the possible ways that Facebook might set up the underage account and those users usage limits.  Also the issue they face with parents setting up accounts for their children.

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