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article imageSurvey says 38% of U.S. children on Facebook are under age 12

By Leigh Goessl     Apr 11, 2012 in Internet
Despite Facebook's rules, it appears children under the age of 12 still populate the social network. According to a recent survey, 38 percent of U.S. children on Facebook are age 12 or under.
The survey was conducted by MinorMonitor, a free web-based tool that allows parents to monitor their kids' activity on Facebook. The survey (courtesy of Mashable) included 1,000 parents and inquired about their children's Facebook use; the surveyors saw nearly half of the children using Facebook are not even yet teenagers.
Facebook's Terms of Service clearly states the network requires users be at least age 13.
Minor Monitor also found 40 children were under the age of six, which is obviously far younger than the required age the social network giant has written in its TOS requirements.
Figure this 38 percent figure is derived from a small sampling of the network's 800 million+ users; gives pause for thought how many underage users are routinely engaging on the network. In 2009 Pew Internet & American Life Project found roughly half of 12-year-olds in the U.S. were using Facebook. Last year a survey by Consumer Reports placed this figure in the millions.
Results shared by Minor Monitor included 74 percent of parents are concerned with child safety on Facebook, and this is further broken down by specific concerns, such as bullying, sexting, sharing too much information, and stranger danger, to name a few. The concern most cited by the parents surveyed was sexual predators (56 percent).
Last year Facebook said it was "booting" over 20,000 underage users a day.
In light of this recent survey, it looks like the network has some additional "booting" to do.
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