Facebook Can Delete Children Accounts Under 13 Years Age

Did you know Facebook can suspend and delete Facebook accounts of children under 13 years age! Did you create Facebook accounts for your children to let them interact with your family and play Facebook games, then beware that Facebook terms prohibit children less than 13 years from using Facebook in any way, far from having a Facebook account of their own.

I never really cared about this, till my friends children’s account were recently deleted. Why had they created these accounts? Mainly to play Farmville with friends and cousins and  now their accounts are deleted/disabled.

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Children Facebook Accounts Terms

You might have read earlier reports that nearly 7.5 million Facebook users were younger than 13  years age and more than 5 million were 10 years and under! Here is the official statement of Facebook legal terms under Registration and Account Security

 5. You will not use Facebook if you are under 13.

If you create a new account on Facebook, you always have to enter your birthday, so Facebook can customize content according to your age.

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So what happens if you try to sign in with a date of birth under 13 years. You get this registration error.

Facebook error

And after that whenever you try to visit Facebook.com thereafter (in the same window), they notify you that you are ineligible to register to Facebook and the sign up form does not appear at all.

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Report Underage Children

Facebook in fact encourages users to report false profiles of children under 13 years. Facebook even has a report underage children form, to report those who use false date of birth, and the age is verifiable under 13 years age. In fact they strongly recommend parents to contact Facebook with this form.

report underage child

If parents believe that their underage child has created a Facebook account, they recommend parents to delete their account. Though the rule is well-known, you would be interested to read why parents help children violate Facebook’s 13+ rule.

So if you want to create Facebook accounts for your children under 13 years, Facebook could delete their Facebook accounts anytime (if they find out or anyone reports it) with no explanation as it is against their terms of service. Facebook takes it terms seriously and does not want underage children to be exposed to unrestricted content online. But the debate is always on if Facebook should allow children under 13 to join Facebook under parental supervision. [Image © Bastian Bartsch – Fotolia.com]

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Deni Saputra
Deni Saputra

That’s good and must agree!
I did worry if more and more children have Facebook accounts.

Kishor
Kishor

This is really good for children. Because most of the time children wants to brows facebook till midnight, which is very bad for their health.

Neal
Neal

I totally agree. Children must obey the terms of Facebook and also the Internet laws.

Roger
Roger

This is the good decision of facebook, the kids bellow 13 should not know the everything of life.This is learning age,school or college is first preference.

sarah
sarah

i think that when they get to a certain age someone should come in and talk to the younger ones about the risks that apply for being on the internet becuase at the end of the day they are only little and when they think that they know everything its not untill they get into trouble that they want you to sort it out or they start having weirdos following them…so yeah thats what i think and it should be in years 4 and 5 to be honest

Aktar zaman
Aktar zaman

I never disagreed with you. I think its harmful for those who are under age.

Huub teesing
Huub teesing

I always agreed with you.Pretty post.I really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you will post again soon…….

Adam @ Cache Digital
Adam @ Cache Digital

Quite right too, children should be outside in the fresh air and getting exercise and interacting normally with other children, the schools should introduce them to major social domains like facebook so that they are exposed to what it is and how it works without wondering and trying to work it our for themselves

mary churchill
mary churchill

I have completed the facebook form to get my granddaughter facebook account deleted at least 5 times. She is 11 and her idiot mother set up the account and claimed she is 35 but goes to elementary school. Her mom is in jail so I am the guardian. Facebook says they contact you but they don’t. I have been trying to get the account deleted for 4 months to no avail. She is in the 5th grade for pity sake. She has no business on facebook and has no boundaries.