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Facebook: 7.5 million children

Updated on May 12, 2011

7.5 million Facebook users are under 13 years of age, which violates the terms of the network.

Of the 20 million children actively used Facebook in 2010, 7.5 million of them wereunder 13 years of age, according to the latest survey of the state of the network of Consumer Reports.


Furthermore, among this group of children who use Facebook, more than five million were 10 years old or younger. The survey found that most of its accounts were not supervised by their parents, exposing them to malware or serious threatsfrom predators or bullies.


The Facebook terms of service require that users have at least 13 years of age However, "despite the age requirements of Facebook, many children who shouldnot use the site they are using, " said Jeff Fox, technology editor of ConsumerReports.


"Most disturbing was the finding in our survey indicated that most parents of children 10 years and under did not seem very concerned that their children will use the site, " explained Fox.


Use Facebook creates for children and their friends, security risks, security and privacy. During 2010, the use of Facebook exposed to more than five million U.S. households connected to internet, some kind of abuse and infections by computer viruses or identity theft.


The use of the social environment increases the threat to personal safety, said theannual survey of the state of the network, which also found that due to maliciousprograms lost about $ 2,300 million U.S. dollars.

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