By Terrance Gaines
I am a father of two young girls—nowhere near old enough to bug me to get on Facebook. But since they are the children of a geek, growing up in a society where kids know more about technology than their parents, I was concerned, to say the least, when I read that Facebook is working on a way to allow children younger than 13 to share information on the largest social network in the world.
If you haven’t noticed, Facebook is having a tough time convincing Wall Street that their current method of making money is sound. So a move by Facebook to possibly increase its user count up and beyond the $1 billion mark, with new users who may be more convicted to click on just about anything, is a lucrative option to seriously consider on their part.
Ultimately, according to The Wall Street Journal, parents will have the power of controlling and monitoring their children’s activity by choosing who their “friends” are and what applications their account can access, including games, music and movies, among other things. Regardless of how many countermeasures and safety nets Facebook bakes into its new-age policy, if implemented, the debate on “how young is too young,” as it relates to the Internet, will finally take center stage.