- How old do you have to be to have a Facebook account?
- Can children under the age of 13 have an account?
- How do I create a Messenger Kids profile?
This guide will inform parents about activating an online Facebook account for children under the age of thirteen.
Social media is everywhere and almost everyone is on it. Facebook has been around for a very long time 🕰 and more and more people join Facebook every day. You may have a FB profile and might have considered starting a FB account for your child? Have they asked if they can have Facebook too?
If the answer is yes ✅ to any of the questions, we've put together this guide to help you create a Facebook account for your kids. 👦👧
How old do you have to be to have a Facebook account?
To start, we should inform you that children under the age of 13 cannot have a Facebook account. Facebook respects the laws in all countries and requires children to be at least 13 years of age before they can have their own account. 🚫
So, why does Facebook have an age limit? Well, Facebook does not want children to have the capabilities of creating an online account because there are dangers online that children don’t know how to handle. 😕
Bullying online is a big reason. Unfortunately, children remain vulnerable and unaware of how cyberbullying on a public platform can psychologically affect them, so keeping your child on a monitored platform is the safest alternative. 👌
Another reason age limitations exist is because children may be unaware of the importance of keeping private information private. Sensitive information such as name, birthdate and address can all be exposed to the wrong person if children are unaware of privacy settings and how to use them. 🔞
In order to keep your child or teenager safe online, it’s important that you have regular conversations with them about online safety.
Can children under the age of 13 have an account?
You may be wondering, “what if my kids are under thirteen? Can they still have a Facebook account?”
Yes, they can but – it is known as Messenger Kids. 👍
Messenger Kids is a free video and messaging app that works on smartphones and tablets. Parents are in control of the contact list through the Parent Dashboard. 🙋🙋♂️
Parents have the ability to set controls, accept or deny friend requests, and can report any inappropriate behaviour. 👮
Messenger Kids has lots of fun filters, noises and features that are engaging for kids of all ages.
How do I create a Messenger Kids profile?
📌 On your child's device, log into your Facebook Account (parent)
📌 From , click Messenger Kids
📌 When you see ‘Accounts Managed’ click ‘ Create Another Account’
📌 Enter your child’s name
📌 Click, ‘Continue’, ‘Create Account’, ‘Done’
Facebook has done an excellent job creating an app that can connect your kids to friends and family through video chat. Similar to FaceTime from Apple or video calling on WhatsApp, Messenger Kids allows kids to see the people they are chatting with. 👪
If video calling is not what your kids want to do they can also send text ⌨ messages to their contacts. Messenger Kids has tons of features that can make their messages fun and interactive! 🎉
Allowing your kids to connect with school mates can come in handy when doing homework. Their class peers can form a homework group chat and they can discuss lessons of the day. 🔬
If your child is struggling with some of their homework then we suggest contacting us. 📞 GoStudent has tutors available online to assist you and your child navigate through the homework they need some extra support with.
We hope this article serves you with enough information to decide whether or not you’d like to activate an online account for your children. 🤔
Don’t forget, we have many tutors available to discuss plans to support your child through school and we encourage you to schedule a free trial class to see how we can help you and your future star! ⭐