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Pediatrics and Facebook: The Social Networks Newest Demographic?

There are rumblings of the social media giant Facebook contemplating and beginning to explore options to connect children to its over 900 million user social network.

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According to the Wall Street Journal Facebook is in the process of developing technology allowing kids to use the social network under parent supervision.  The child’s Facebook page would be linked to his/her parent’s page allowing for parental monitoring of the account. Per Facebook’s current terms of service, users under the age of 13 are banned from using the site.  But this has led to a rise in children giving false ages to get their accounts up and running.

As a former educator, this newest move by Facebook raises many red flags, and I am very leery of this current exploratory effort by Facebook.  Why do children under the age of 13 need to be involved/connected to the social media giant?   According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), pediatricians are being called upon to incorporate questions about social media usage into doctor visits.

As a medical professional, how do you feel about the social networks exploration of involving the under 13 year old crowd?


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Stuart Wainstock is a former educator who has taught overseas and in the United States. Stuart began blogging while living overseas as a means to communicate with family and friends back home. He is a contributing author to the MDWebPro blog. Stuart is an avid follower of technology, and their constantly changing trends. He also enjoys discovering new and excited music, as well as photography. You can follow Stuart on Twitter @stuartwainstock,@MDWebPro and Google+

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