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Half of the 11- and 12-year-olds have a social media profile, despite most platforms’ minimum age being 13, according to a new report by UK broadcast authority Ofcom. In the UK, 28% of 10-year-olds, 46% of 11-year-olds and 51% of 12-year-olds ...

In a new report entitled 'Who's Feeding The Kids Online?', the Irish Heart Foundation denounces the sophisticated digital marketing tactics used by major food and beverage companies on Facebook to target children and teenagers. An online survey...

In a study published in the journal Appetite earlier this year, the author from the National Institute for Consumer Research finds that children in Norway are exposed to little advertising for ‘unhealthy’ food products compared to other W...

On 10 March, a federal judge in California ruled that Facebook must face a nationwide class-action lawsuit over its refusal to provide refunds when children spend money on its website without parental permission. According to press reports, hundreds ...

In an academic study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, Australian researchers found that the Facebook brand pages of popular food brands magnify the reach and personal relevance of the marketing messages, especially among a...

On 13 February, consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen filed a legal brief with a San Francisco Court to ask that a $20 million settlement made with Facebook be overturned, on the grounds that the social network violates privacy by using users...

According to a poll carried out by the Yale Rudd Center in July 2013 among 902 parents of children aged two to 17 living at home, 70.6% believe that if children under 13 were permitted to create a Facebook account, advertisers should not be allowed t...

On 15 November, Facebook clarified its privacy policies for under 18’s following a joint letter sent by six US privacy organisations to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last September expressing concerns over its revised privacy policy. Chan...

On 4 September, six US privacy organisations sent a joint letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and to members of Congress expressing concerns over Facebook’s new privacy policy which states that users under 18, in signing up to Facebook...

On 26 August, a US federal judge in California approved Facebook’s $20 million settlement for a class action lawsuit filed by several advocacy groups over its “Sponsored Stories” feature – commercial endorsements of a facebook...

On 11 July, during a summit on child internet safety in London sponsored by Disney’s Club Penguin and AVG Technologies, Mothers’ Union chief executive Reg Bailey crticised the ‘complicity of parents’ who allow their children t...

A survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society found that while teens are disclosing more personal information on social media, the vast majority are actively taking steps to protect their priva...

On 22 January, speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, Simon Milner, Facebook director of policy for UK and Ireland, admitted that there is almost nothing Facebook  can do to stop children under 13 years old setting up profiles. He said that i...

In comments sent recently to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), social networking site Facebook asked the Federal agency to soften its proposal for a revision of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Facebook asks the FTC to c...

In report released on 27 September by IASO (the International Association for the Study of Obesity) entitled “A Junk‐Free Childhood 2012: Marketing foods and beverages to children in Europe”, author Tim Lobstein criticizes the leeway le...

A report released on 26 June by family advocacy center Common Sense Media entitled “Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives” found that nine out of ten teenagers in the US have used social media and that while the ma...

On 18 May, an alliance of consumer and child privacy advocates sent a letter pressing Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to beef up privacy and marketing safeguards for children if it goes forward with plans to allow children under 13 to u...

Among the new features being tested is the possibility to connect children’s accounts to their parents’ to allow them to control some of the network’s key features, including friends and applications. Parents would also be charged f...




Teens as young as 13 are sometimes shown risqué ads on their Facebook feeds. What can parents do to protect their kids? WSJ's Jeff Elder discusses. Photo: Getty images. "Who do you like?" asked recent ads on Facebook, featuring young women in...

Facebook has told members of Congress virtually nothing about whether and how it might open its doors to children under age 13. Amid reports last month that Facebook could soon permit access for the 12-and-under set, Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Jo...

More than half of children aged 12 have a Facebook account despite age restrictions put in place by the social networking giant, a survey has revealed. Facebook's guidelines state no-one under 13 is allowed a profile on the site, but a recent study ...