If we allow our kids to drive without the necessary steps met before they get their license, mistakes will occur and accidents will happen. The same is true for social media sites like Facebook. It’s when we give them those keys to Facebook too young, without social media driver’s ed, that harm occurs — their privacy is compromised, a permanent digital footprint made, cyber-bullying takes place or inappropriate content posted.

This isn’t about parental choice and allowing kids to play games. This is about a large social media site wanting more users for their financial model to work out. Keep in mind that the ones pushing this plan are often on the Facebook payroll and have no background in child health and development.

Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, MD: Kids Under 13 on Facebook? Not So Fast!

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