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Facebook Considering Allowing Kids To Have Accounts

Last updated on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

(UNDATED) - Facebook is considering allowing children under the age of 13 to have accounts, and now the discussion ramps up if it’s a good idea.

Facebook says if they go ahead with the idea, parents would have control over the account.

Indianapolis psychologist Dr. Pam Christie says it all depends on the child "Parents need to decide if their children exercise a level of maturity and good judgment in their day-to-day lives and that means that they're able to behave in a responsible manner, they're able to control their emotions well."

Dr. Christie says if a parent decides their child is mature enough, there are steps to take. "I think first they need to sit down with their children and explain what the the level of responsibility is once a child has an account. And I think that parents need to ensure that there's a contract between themselves and their child in terms of what is appropriate and what is not."

Dr. Christie says she feels parents should have the password to the account of a high school age kid or younger because it helps children exercise more caution and parents should be checking intermittently what is being posted on their child's website.

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