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Social Media Dilemma

How young is "too young' for Facebook

Children as young as seven or eight should be able to use Facebook, as long as they are educated by their parents, according to social commentator Jamila Rizvi.

The commentator, feminist & former political adviser joined Melbourne Radio's Tom Elliott in studio following the launch of a new version of the Facebook Messenger app in the US, which is aimed at children under the age of 13.

She claims trying to stop kids using Facebook is pointless.

“I think it’s about accepting that kids are going to want to be involved in social media anyway,” Jamila said.

“They’re going to do it anyway so let’s teach them the right way to do it.”

Tom said he worried that no good could come from children so young being on Facebook.


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Facebook has launched a new version of its Messenger app that is aimed at children under age 13.

Messenger Kids is being trialled in the US. The app doesn't require the child to sign up for a Facebook account, relies on the parent(s) to add any contacts and hides the child from any sort of public searches on the social network.

Read Messenger for Kids Privacy Policy here