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At what age should children get a Facebook account?

Response Percent Votes
24% 149
23% 143
13 (when Facebook allows children to get their first account)
20% 125
9% 55
8% 49
Other (please state age in the comments section)
7% 46
2% 14
1% 9
1% 8
0% 4
Total 602


Jonathan Fox 6 years, 3 months ago

I voted 16. I think that if you can drive and hold a regular job you can have a facebook.

CreatureComforts 6 years, 3 months ago

I think driving and working requires a bit more responsibility than facebook...I voted 13.

George_Braziller 6 years, 3 months ago

I voted 16 as well. Driving and working do require more responsibility, however Facebook requires a level of social and emotional maturity that most 13 year-olds haven't developed yet.

pace 6 years, 3 months ago

Are we sure they didn't mean facelift account. That would be way later than 16.

deec 6 years, 3 months ago

Which age of consent? For sex, drinking a 3.2 beer, drinking wine, joining the military, renting a car, or signing a binding contract? :)

morroray 6 years, 3 months ago

Never! One of the worst internet applications to ever come along. Why anyone wants to expose themselves to the world says something about the persons mental health.

Aileen Dingus 6 years, 3 months ago

When the child is old enough to understand the responsibilities, but not younger than 13. I know 30-somethings that aren't responsibile enough (IMO) to be on Facebook yet!

A rule is a rule, and the 13 and up rule on FB is there for a reason. Sure- you may have a totally responsible 8 year old, but he or she still shouldn't be on FB, because it is against the rules. Would you let your totally responsible 8 year old go to an 18 and up club?

sigephandy 6 years, 3 months ago

While I understand why they did it, I think Facebook should have stayed with either orginial format which was for college students. As one of first Facebook adopters in the state of Kansas, Facebook used to be so much better, before they started allowing everyone and their mother in. That all being said I voted for 16 only because how connected to outside world does a child really need to be? I can only image what this type of conversation will be like when my two month old become old enough be curious about Facebook.

gsxr600 6 years, 3 months ago

Never. Facebook is one of the deaths of society.

missmagoo 6 years, 3 months ago

At conception.. since that's when life begins.

^ joke

FlintHawk 6 years, 3 months ago

My perspective is different from most of yours. My son is "on the Autism spectrum." He had to sign up for Facebook in middle school because one of his teachers used Facebook to post assignments, resource materials, etc. I signed up, too, so I could be a Responsible Parent. He's been on Facebook about three years now, and the experience of interacting with peers has really boosted his social skills — not just on FB, but also in RealWorld. He has "Friends" from all over the globe and has learned how to carry on a conversation that's not just about his current perseveration. Facebook is a tool, imho, and, if used responsibly and monitored by parents, it can actually do good.

Re the age question, unless you're in a situation like ours (joining = school requirement), it totally depends on the maturity of the child — for some, 13; for others, 30.

3up3down 6 years, 3 months ago

Not at age 6!! My stupid x-daughter-in-law created a facebook account for my 6 year old grand daughter. Thought how cute it would be. I see now why my son dumped the stupid B.

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