Kids and Facebook

11/1/2011

Why parents help their children lie to Facebook about age: unintended consequences of the ‘Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act,’ by danah boyd, Eszter Hargittai, Jason Schultz, and John Palfrey.

From the abstract: “In this paper, we provide survey data that show that many parents know that their underage children are on Facebook in violation of the site’s restrictions and that they are often complicit in helping their children join the site. Our data suggest that, by creating a context in which companies choose to restrict access to children, COPPA inadvertently undermines parents’ ability to make choices and protect their children’s data. Our data have significant implications for policy–makers, particularly in light of ongoing discussions surrounding COPPA and other age–based privacy laws.”

This is an important document that should be shared with all educators, administrators, and parents!

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