It was annouced on June 4, this week that Facebook are working on a new “child platform”. It would allow children under the age of 13 to have a Facebook account and give parents more control over their account.
Some of the proposed changes of the new child friendly platform:
• Links the child’s account to their parents’
• Allows parents to decide who/what their child can “like”
• Allows parents to decide which apps they can use and charges parents for these apps if applicable (which allows parents to manage the entertainment spending)
• Proposes that friending people will be monitored by parents
I am interested in your thoughts about this? Should children of under 13 be encouraged to enter an online social world? Is it important for young children to become accustom to the real social world first?