Parents Helping Kids Lie To Get On Facebook
It’s not what you would call “good parenting” or “role modeling” but some parents are helping their kids lie about their age to get on Facebook. CBS News recently cited a Consumer Reports study that found that of the 20 million minors who use Facebook over one third were under 13 and a quarter were under 10 , this despite Facebook’s policy of blocking anyone under 13 years of age.Apparently, according to the report, many parents actively assist their kids in getting around the rules and onto the social networking site.
As it turns out, most parents of kids who are lying about their age are aware of what their kids are doing and many parents are actually helping their kids lie to get on Facebook. A peer-reviewed study released today–“Why Parents Help Their Children Lie to Facebook About Age: Unintended Consequences of the ‘Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act'” found that “many parents knowingly allow their children to lie about their age–in fact, often help them to do so–in order to gain access to age-restricted sites in violation of those sites’ terms of service.”
I know that a lot of parents want to be “friends” rather than parents with their kids but this is not the way to go about it.