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Why do you have to be 13 or over to be on Facebook?

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by pmp4, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. I was delivering an eSafety staff meeting last night and somebody asked me why you had to be 13 years and over to be on sites like Facebook.
    I told them that this was the age you are legally liable for the content you post on the web.
    They then asked for proof to show a parent. THe thing is that I don't know how I know this. I must have got the information from somewhere. I have googled it and get many sound answers why but not an actual official reason.
    Am I wrong? Anyone know where I can find the info please?
  2. My understanding was that it was to demonstrate compliance with COPPA.
  3. <font size="2">It is not against the law in this country to have a Facebook under the age of 13. It is however against the law for Facebook to have anyone under the age of 13 as a member without parental permission. American Law says that no one under the age of 13 can be part of a Social Networking site with out parental permission. So Facebook chose to put a ban on anyone who is under the age of 13 from using their site otherwise they would need to seek parental permission which would have been a nightmare!!! It is all do with Sarah&rsquo;s Law in America I believe. </font>

  4. You can report a person to Facebook for being underage and they will remove them. We have sadly had to do this!!

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