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May 14, 2011

Facebook Minority Report :7.5 Million Pre-teen Users

In its annual "State of the Net" survey, Consumer Reports found that privacy does not seem to be a huge concern for parents. Fewer than one in five parents with children 10 years of age and younger had "friended" their child to monitor their online posts. Interestingly, 62% of parents with 13- and 14-year-olds had.

The parents themselves are also engaging in behaviors security experts find risky, including posting birth dates, vacation plans or using Facebook Places to broadcast their locations. Only 80% of respondents indicated they had used the available privacy settings to control access to their accounts.

Even more troubling, more than five million Facebook users were 10 years old or younger, and they were allowed to use Facebook largely without parental supervision, leaving them vulnerable to threats ranging from malware to sexual predators, the State of the Net survey by Consumer Reports found.

 The Facebook privacy Policy clears Lays down its Policy on under age users:

No information from children under age 13. If you are under age 13, please do not attempt to register for Facebook or provide any personal information about yourself to us. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from a child under age 13, please contact us through this help page.