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More Kids Joining Facebook, Parents Lenient

More and more parents are allowing their pre-teen children to join social media platforms despite age restriction and danger of being exposed to objectionable content.

According to a poll of 1,000 adults conducted by Liberty Mutual's Responsibility Project, around 17 percent of parents claimed that they had no problem with their pre-teen child using social media platforms, compared to 8 percent of the parents a year ago.

Meanwhile, 11 percent of the parents polled admitted to using social media platforms on behalf of their baby or child.

Reuters reports that a majority of parents believe that children under 18 years of age should not be allowed to keep their social networking accounts a secret while a third of parents admitted to monitoring their child’s social networking activities.

Around 44 percent of the parents put restrictions on the amount of time spent by their children on social networks and sending text messages.

“More and more parents are allowing their children to have a Facebook account or to have more online activity at younger and younger ages." said Janet Taylor, clinical instructor of psychiatry at Columbia University at Hospital, in an interview with Reuters.

“It's not alarming. I think it means we need to be aware of what is going on and how to best utilize social media,” she added.