Parents help kids lie to get on Facebook, study finds
November 2nd, 2011
01:29 PM ET

Parents help kids lie to get on Facebook, study finds

(CNN) - It probably won't surprise you that millions of underage kids - some as young as age 8 - are on Facebook, despite rules that prohibit children under 13 from joining the social-networking site.

What may be more startling, however, is this: Their parents are helping to sign them up.

These are among the findings of a new study appearing this week in First Monday, a peer-reviewed online journal. The four co-authors of the study argue that such age restrictions, inspired by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, are mostly ignored by kids and parents and only encourage dishonesty.

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