(NEW YORK) — Facebook is reportedly working on new technology that would allow children under 13 to use the social networking site while being supervised by their parents.
Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reports the company is testing mechanisms that would link kids’ accounts to their parents’. The sources said Facebook is also looking into controls that would give parents a say in who their children can “friend” and what applications they can use.
Currently, Facebook mandates that users be 13 or older to open a new account, yet many kids get around this rule by lying about their ages.
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