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Should Kids Under 13 Be Allowed on Facebook?

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Facebook could soon broaden its spectrum.¬†The Wall Street Journalreports the social media site might allow kids younger than 13 years old to join.

Parents KEZI 9 News spoke with Monday had mixed reactions on the possible change. Some say they think Facebook would be a great way for their kids to connect with friends under their supervision, while others say kids under 13 years old are just too young for social media.

Facebook currently bans children under the age of 13 from having a Facebook page. But now,The Wall Street Journal reports Facebook is testing out ways to allow younger kids on the site, without having to lie about their age.

The company is reportedly looking into ideas, like connecting children’s accounts to their parents accounts, which would keep them under parental supervision while also complying with federal regulations.

Local parents and their children KEZI 9 News spoke with are indifferent on a possible change.

“In our family, no I wouldn’t be willing. I don’t think it’s necessary.¬† There’s too many risks I feel like on the Internet in general,” said Brandi Mills, a mother of an 11-year-old.

“I think if it was supervisory and there was parental control of the content that was posted, I’d be inclined to probably letting him do that, probably with his friends,” said Amir Hartman, a father of an 11-year-old.

“I personally wouldn’t want one, but if I really wanted to talk to my friends at some point, then I would want one. But I can’t really decide,” said 11-year-old Nathaniel Hartman.

“Ultimately, it should be up the the parent because they know their kids best,” said Monica Macpherson, a mother of a 12-year-old.

Some parents say if Facebook does decide to change the rules, they hope parental controls will be a strong component.

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