Facebook is one of the most famous and widely used social media platforms in the world. Currently, 1.69 billion people are using Facebook all around the world from 2015 to 2020! A large population of these statistics is under-aged teenage people. For these young people, the online world can cause many risks, especially cyber-bullying. In order to protect children, the major social media sites have age limits to prevent accounts from being generated by those underages. Facebook and Instagram sites also require users to be at least 13 years old before they can open an account, and this age requirement could be higher in some jurisdictions. Facebook and Instagram sites require users to be at least 13 years old before they can open an account, and this age requirement could be higher in some jurisdictions. But many young kids are opening their social media accounts with wrong information. It is a breach of the terms of Facebook, including accounts registered for anyone under 13, to build a Facebook account with false data.
It is estimated that 7.5 million children under the age of 13 have Facebook accounts. They do this by lying about their age, even with complete parental awareness! Recently, In Bangladesh we have heard much news of different “Kishor Gangs” and they are involved in various criminal activities! They have a secret messenger group on Facebook where they plan everything. Their ages are between 12 to 17! It is a very alarming issue for our society and there is an influence of social media sites in this type of occurrence. For younger children, social networking platforms are dangerous, potentially exposing them to bullying, offensive content, or grooming. A huge portion of the young audience has been attracted by new social networks. For example, according to The New York Times, more than a third of the 49 million users of Tik Tok, a video-sharing social networking site, are 14 or younger.4 The minimum age for using Tik Tok is 13, like Facebook!
But, this age limit should be raised! For any human being, ages 12 to 18 are a very vulnerable and critical stage since this is the time in which individuals do not recognize what is right or wrong for themselves. For these teens, social media may be a negative influence. The main victims of cybercrime and online bullying are young teenagers, especially young teenage girls. So, the age limit should be raised at 16 so that we could protect our children from the negativity and social media addictions. If you’d like to report an account belonging to someone under 13, please fill out this form: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/209046679279097. Remember that Facebook will delete the account of any child under the age of 13 reported to them through this form promptly.