Shelly Palmer Radio Report – June 5, 2012

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Facebook is exploring ways to allow children under the age of 13 to use the social network, with parental supervision, of course.  As you can imagine, allowing children under 13 to use the site would be awesome for Facebook.  Kids love games and Facebook really makes money from games.  And even though it’s technically illegal, kids lie about their age to get on Facebook anyway (many with their parent’s help and permission). So, what could be better for Facebook than to  try to protect young children from all the potential bad stuff that goes on in social networks, like cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking? It sounds like a great plan? On the other hand, privacy advocates are being very vocal about their opposition to allowing anyone under age 13 to use Facebook.  They say there are just too many things that can and will go wrong. Not the least of which is that Facebook hasn’t even gotten it right for teenagers.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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