Parents are allowing their younger kids to have Facebook accounts. Are you one of them?
Despite the age restrictions on some social media sites, the number of U.S. parents who would allow children 10-12 years old to have a Facebook or MySpace account has doubled in a year, a new survey showed.
17% of U.S. parents questioned in the poll said they had no problem with a pre-teen child using a social media site, compared to just 8% a year ago. And 11% of parents admitted to using social media sites on behalf of a young child or infant, according to the online survey of about 1,000 adults by Liberty Mutual's Responsibility Project.
The clinical instructor of psychiatry at Columbia University at Hospital in New York described the findings as a sign of the times. "It's not alarming. I think it means we need to be aware of what is going on and how to best utilize social media," she added in an interview.
Do your underage kids have a Facebook account?