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Mark Zuckerberg Wants Kids Under 13 To Use Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, wants kids under 13 years of age to be allowed to use social networking sites. Though there are millions of kids already using Facebook who are under 13, Zuckerberg wants to make it legal as Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)  restricts websites from collecting personal information of children under the age of 13.

Facebook For Kids

According to  Fortune, Zuckerberg said he wants younger kids to be allowed on social networking sites like Facebook. Currently, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) mandates websites that collect information about users aren’t allowed to sign on anyone under the age of 13. But Zuckerberg is determined to change this.

Zuckerberg’s philosophy is that for education, kids need to start learning at a very young age. Allowing kids onto social networking site, will help them learn new things quickly.

“Education is clearly the biggest thing that will drive how the economy improves over the long term,” Zuckerberg said.

Right or wrong, but I’m sure parents won’t like their kids using Facebook or any other social networking sites at a very young age because they might get addicted to it (You know, there are many useless games on Facebook). With a number of scams spreading on Facebook, I don’t think it’s safe for children to use it. Mark Zuckerberg should rather be concerned about on how he could prevent Facebook from scams.

How to Keep Kids Safe Online – Talk to Them

parent-childYou’ve heard about the danger. It’s out there in many places, such as Facebook, Twitter, Chat rooms, Texting, and File Sharing. What do you know about safe online practices? How can you help protect your kids?

According to many experts, the best thing you can do to protect your kids is to talk to them about internet safety. Two websites can help you and kids avoid the worst dangers on the web. You’ll find plenty of advice at On Guard Online and Net Smartz.

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Below, I’ll offer a few tips I’ve found. However, if you have time, take a look at this video: Chatting with Kids About Being Online.

Chatting with Kids About Being Online

More videos from OnGuard Online

Videos from NetSmartz

Why do you need to talk to kids?

At NetSmartz, I ran into some survey stats from 2006, showing how important it is to influence your kids online behavior.

33% of 13- to- 17-year-olds reported that their parents or guardians know very littleor nothingabout what they do on the Internet.

48% of 16-17s said their parents or guardians know very littleor nothing.

Fully 22% of those surveyed reported their parents or guardians have never discussed Internet safety with them.

On the other hand, 36% of youth—girls and younger teens most notably—said that their parents or guardians have talked to them a lotabout online safety, and 70% said their parents or guardians have discussed the subject with them during the past year.

Most importantly:

Fewer teens whose families have talked to them a lotabout online safety have an IM name or pictures of themselves on the Internet, compared to kids whose families have not talked to them at all. More teens who’ve talked to parents or guardians also ignore messages from unfamiliar people, refuse to reply or chat, block unknown senders, and report these occurrences to trusted adults.

How can you get a conversation started?

I also found some good questions to get you started. (from NetSmartz)

Can I take a look at what you have been posting online?

Does anyone else have access to your passwords?

What information is okay to share online?

What information should you keep private?

What could someone learn about you from what you post online?

How might they use this information?

Have you ever regretted anything you posted online?

What advice should you give? What actions should you take?

I also found this advice at NetSmartz.

Make sure that your child takes advantage of the privacy settings on social networking sites.

Pre-approve the pictures and videos your child posts online.
Remind your child never to post e-mail addresses or cell phone numbers.

Tell your child that passwords should only be shared with parents and guardians.

Teach your child not to respond to any e-mails requesting personal information and to delete e-mails from unknown senders.

Discuss how to keep screen names and e-mail addresses gender-neutral, appropriate, and free of any information that could reveal identity.

Encourage your child to tell you right away if anything happens online that bothers or frightens him or her.

I’ve only covered a tiny part of the help and advice available to parents. Be sure to take a look.

On Guard Online / NetSmartz


Facebook Alternative for Kids – Try Togetherville

togetherville-logo Most of you know that kids under 13 are not supposed to use Facebook. However, you also probably know that there are lots of kids cheating on that limit. Some of them are doing so with their parents’ knowledge. I don’t think it’s a good idea. I could argue that it’s not safe for adults on Facebook, because of all of the privacy problems that they’ve had in the past.

Now there is a new service called Togetherville. They promise to make it safe for kids to share online. Here’s a short video about the service.

Click here if you can’t see the video.

So why is it safer? I’m not sure that it’s completely safe, but the first layer of defense is that the kids can’t sign up themselves. In order to create an account, an adult must sign in using a Facebook account, then set up the accounts for the kids they are responsible for. There’s nothing to prevent kids already in Facebook from creating adult accounts at Togetherville, but this first requirement will help prevent it.

Togetherville also tightly controls the video and game content on their service so that the kiddies won’t see frightening and weird stuff. If they make sharing and gaming attractive enough to the kids, this new service may be a big help for parents.

This new service may not be perfect, but it’s a lot better than letting your 11 year old use Facebook.


Make YouTube Safe For Children With The Safety Mode

With thousands of videos uploaded every hour, it is easy for your kids to lose their way on the website and stumble upon some inappropriate and illicit content. Most of the browser add-ons or plugins would not work well because it is just impossible to filter millions of videos. However, YouTube has a feature in place called the safety mode that can keep your kids away from explicit content.

To turn the safety mode feature on, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Safety mode is off. Once you click on it, YouTube will let you click the on radio button and save your settings. You can also save it and lock it for the browser so you don’t have to do it again. Once locked, the safety mode can only be turned off after you enter the password for the YouTube account. After the safety mode is turned on, inappropriate videos would not even display when searched for. In our example below, the 770,000 videos YouTube has for the keyword Porn completely disappear when the safety mode is turned on.

[Via MyDigitalLife]