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FACEBOOK: Age limit should be higher than 13

Letter by Gabriel G. Morales, Seattle on March 29, 2012 at 11:15 am | 14 Comments »
March 29, 2012 11:15 am

Facebook users who identify themselves as over 13 years old are allowed to gain access to the site. Almost everyone in my classes is on Facebook, and they describe it as an easy way of communication and a
helpful resource to get help on homework through communicating with classmates.

But I know that Facebook also serves as a medium for inappropriate content. Whenever I see harsh language or inappropriate pictures, it makes me wonder whether 13-year-olds should be allowed to have Facebook accounts.

I tend to believe that the age restrictions should be stricter. Clearly, with more than half of students being victims of cyber bullying, 13 years old is just too young. At 13, people do not know the effects of cyber bullying and are too immature to be able to chat freely over the web.

(Morales is an eighth-grader at Washington Middle School.)

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