Vicki Davis

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 (via Facebook Wants to Welcome Kids Under Age 13 to Social Network - Search Engine Watch (#SEW))

One of my students turned up this information that Facebook is working on controls to help kids under 13 use the service. It is no surprise that 7.5 million Facebook users are under the age of 13 and that 5 million of THOSE are 10 years old or younger. COPPA, while set up to protect children, is actually keeping them from participating in society as they want to. This infographic and information is worth sharing as you educate your students. If you want until they are 13 to talk safety online, that is too late.

“Last June, Consumer Reports magazine said they had unearthed “several disturbing findings” about children and Facebook, including:

20 million minors had used Facebook within the year prior to their study.
7.5 million of those users were under the age of 13 and not permitted to use the site.
5 million of those were 10 years old or younger.
1 million children had been harassed, threatened, or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying in the year prior.”

(via Facebook Wants to Welcome Kids Under Age 13 to Social Network - Search Engine Watch (#SEW)) One of my students turned up this information that Facebook is working on controls to help kids under 13 use the service. It is no surprise that 7.5 million Facebook users are under the age of 13 and that 5 million of THOSE are 10 years old or younger. COPPA, while set up to protect children, is actually keeping them from participating in society as they want to. This infographic and information is worth sharing as you educate your students. If you want until they are 13 to talk safety online, that is too late. “Last June, Consumer Reports magazine said they had unearthed “several disturbing findings” about children and Facebook, including: 20 million minors had used Facebook within the year prior to their study. 7.5 million of those users were under the age of 13 and not permitted to use the site. 5 million of those were 10 years old or younger. 1 million children had been harassed, threatened, or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying in the year prior.”

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    This is terrifying. What happened to Facebook being limited to 13+? How do we monitor students’ use of technology? Are...
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