My daughter said that the police officer visiting her class spoke about internet safety. (Apparently, the officer's visit is a weekly occurrence in the last month of school, but I have only been involved once, honest.) The office asked how many students had Facebook accounts, and my child was surprised that at least 5 of her 22 4th grade classmates said that they did have Facebook accounts.
Facebook, however, requires individuals to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account. Facebook has an Information for Parents page. It is worth checking out. It provides information on internet safety, Facebook privacy settings and how to report abuse. Additionally, Facebook says, "We will promptly delete the account of any child under the age of 13 that is reported to us through this form."
Presumably, "this form" would hyperlinked, or there would be some way to get to that form. But there is no link, and there is no way to get to the referenced form from the Information for Parents page.
I really hope Facebook gets its act together and makes it possible and easier to report users who are not yet 13 years old.
I'm wondering if the police reported those students who raised their hands when the officer asked who had accounts.
I'm aware of underage Facebook users, including an 11 year-old family member. I did not accept the 11 year-old's friend request, not wanting to violate the Facebook rule. I didn't know, though, if I should point out to the child's parents that she was too young per Facebook requirements. They are both her friends, so I figured that they are aware and said nothing.
If you were in my situation, would you say something? Would you report the child to Facebook, if the necessary link to the form is available?
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