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Articles tagged with: kids

Facebook For 5 Year Olds?

We recently wrote about Facebook having over 7 million users under the age of 13. Obviously this is a problem when you have such young children on the Internet providing many details about themselves. Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg recently stated that he believes children should be educated about Facebook at a really young age so the social media platform doesn’t hit them like a sack of bricks as soon as they turn 13.

7.5M Facebook Users Are Under 13 Years Old

Consumers who want to join Facebook must be at least 13 years old according to Facebook’s terms of service. Contrary to this fact, a new report has surfaced in Consumer Reports that claims that out of 20 million users under 18, 7.5 million of them are younger than 13 and 5 million are younger than ten years old.

Facebook issued a statement immediately before the release of the report stating that it is virtually impossible to ensure the true ages of people who sign up for Facebook. Facebook took the opportunity to state that…

Added Privacy To Facebook Sharing?

Facebook has now added one step of privacy to the FB application. Users can now “Send” content to specific groups on Facebook rather than everyone on their friend list. The company explained in a blog post that this will allow users to share specific content without it being seen by undesired parties. Facebook informed the community that the new Send button will be available on 50 partner website including Orbitz.

The company also announced that since its launch six months ago, users have created over 50 million groups on the platform. Facebook also mentioned a deeper integration between Facebook Questions and Facebook Groups–enabling users to ask questions to members of a particular group.

Doctors Warn About New Condition: Facebook Depression

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a study warning against “Facebook Depression.” The onset of this condition is caused by reading statuses about your friends’ interesting lives, and seeing pictures of them having more fun than you. Facebook depression is most likely to occur in young teens, who are already insecure and envious of peers.

Kids and teenagers have always been comparing one another, but the numerical stats Facebook provides make it easier than ever. You can’t argue with someone who says they have more friends, since the exact number is right there on your profile. Doctors cite this ability to rank someone as a main cause of social networking stress. Another cause is the skewed version of reality present on Facebook, and the way people present themselves that is different from real life.