Theoretically, the social network Facebook is reserved for people over the age of 13 years. But in reality, much younger children there create accounts. They just lie about their birth year by completing the registration form … It’s easy! So, if you receive a notice soon that your cousin that you believe to be in second grade is about to celebrate his 22nd birthday, do not be surprised too Facebook and Kids.
Several studies show that social networks can have a negative impact on children. According to a Consumer Reports study, Facebook is used by 56% of 10-16 year kids and 80% of 13-16 years. Her children spend an average of one an hour per week for the youngest of them, and more than three hours for over 13 years. And, despite a growing concern: 79% of parents consider Facebook “dangerous.” In 2012, the Facebook has removed more than 900,000 active accounts because the owners were children.
Parents are always worried that their small loving kids become friends with adults who pretend to be children, i.e. They are in contact with paedophiles, and parents are also more likely to fear that their children being harassed by other children.
Sharing too much information
In addition, children are more often observers’ actors on social networks. Their first activity on Facebook is watching what their friends, then they seek their friends and photos and finally they put online information or photos.
Facebook addiction affecting more and more people. Adolescents are the primary consumers of new technologies and are considered the most exposed population to suffer from this new addiction. Social networks are becoming more and more important in our lives.
Exposure to pornography
As across the Web, some content circulating on Facebook may not be suitable for a younger audience. Although inappropriate content, such as pornography, is prohibited in principle, it can be difficult to control all the photos and videos that are found on a network of this magnitude. It is therefore not impossible that your child is exposed to disturbing images via their Facebook account.
Cyber intimidation or Cyber Bullying
Another danger of Facebook, perhaps more troubling is that of cyber intimidation or Cyber bullying. Indeed, young people often have many “friends” on the network, and some may not be true friends. If a young malicious decided to undertake a campaign of intimidation against another child. The cyber bullying on the Internet is the use of computers and find many tools on Facebook in order to harass or threaten another person.
For example, it is easy to write bad things on the wall of one of his friends, or to mark a compromising photo or status insulting. In these cases, the victim may withdraw or delete identifying what is written on its own wall, but sometimes the damage is already done. Bullying has always existed between the young people, but Facebook provides an unprecedented forum abusers. Stigma is only more painful for the victims.
Giving informational access to strangers
Then, if your child has not set their privacy settings optimally, it is possible that the information related to its account (pictures, publications, interests, friends, etc) To fall into the wrong hands. Remember that where there are young, there are predators! Some adults may even pass for teenagers to infiltrate the circle of friends of your child.
Learning about drugs and alcohol
National Center for Addiction at Columbia University studied that Children addicted to social networks are three times more images that speak of alcohol, drugs or tobacco. In addition, children show aggressive and withdrawn if they spend too much time on social networks. The fact is that these are not photos and videos of parties missing on Facebook. We see liquor bottles. Children have always been influenced by their friends always like Facebook and claim to become the largest social network of friendship, it is normal that it produces negative effects.