Parents break rules to help young kids join Facebook

Parents break rules to help young kids join Facebook

December 26th, 2011 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

Many parents across the nation are helping their preteen children get on Facebook despite the company's requirement that users must be at least 13 years old. / Paul Sakuma / File

Many parents across the nation are helping their...

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Nancy Gerstein is a savvy marketing executive who knows a lot about Facebook. She supervises corporate Facebook pages for her company's clients.

So Gerstein had no qualms when her 11-year-old daughter recently told her that she had created an account on the social media site while she was at a sleepover with a friend. She even helped her daughter finish establishing the Facebook page.

"Compared to some of the other things out there, it's fairly innocent. The adult stuff is supposedly blocked," she said. "I know the importance of Facebook."

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