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According to a Wall Street Journal report (June 2012), Facebook is planning to let children under the age of 13 sign up for the first time. The social network wants to introduce parental controls so youngsters can join at a very young age.
Parents will find that there are opposing points of view on the value and challenges when bringing young children online via social networking - requiring thoughtful consideration.
Primary concerns will be privacy and exposure to advertisements and marketing. (See the sections on
Below are resources for consideration, to help you navigate the world of social networking for your children.
featured web resources:
Common Sense Media: Social Media
Common Sense Media offers reviews of several different social networking sites, including those suitable for younger students (ages 7-8).
The Easy Guide to Socialising Online
This is a great resource for parents of early social networkers. Use the drop-down menu to select the social network that your child is interested in. You can then see information about privacy, interactions with other members, and if money is exchanged on the site. Please note: this site is Australian,...
A Parent's Guide to Facebook
This guide from ConnectSafely provides the following: what Facebook is and how to use it safely, the risks of social networking and how to optimize settings. This document is updated regularly.
Common Sense Media: Online Worlds for Young Kids Tips
This page offers tips and information for parents of young kids looking to explore virtual worlds like Club Penguin or Webkinz. You may want to check out related articles (linked on the page) for more social networking tips.
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