There is absolutely no proof of any meaningful social or educational value of Facebook for children under 13. Indeed, there are very legitimate concerns about privacy, as well as its impact on children's social, emotional, and cognitive development. By opening the site up to kids younger than 13, Facebook’s strategy appears to be: Hook children early, build the brand, and create customers for life, regardless of the consequences.
Parents and educators agree this is a terrible idea: Young children do not need to be on social networks with 1000 friends when they're 7 or 8 years old. Kids this young are still learning to navigate their offline life – learning how to play and engage with others – and don’t need the added complexity of managing a Facebook social profile. What's next, Facebook for Toddlers?
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