Australia mulls Facebook 18+

2011-07-21 14:51

Sydney -Australia on Thursday said it was considering upping the restrictions placed on Facebook, giving parents access to their children's pages and requiring proof of age at sign-up.

The social networking site has 10 million Australian users - almost half the population - and requires people to state at sign-up that they are at least 13, but there is currently no way to formally enforce the age limit.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland said some parents had complained that the age limit was too young and that content "being put up by their own children" could be "prejudicial to their future career prospects".

A number of proposals were being considered by lawmakers, he said, including mandating a sign-up age of 18 years for Australian users and giving parents the over-riding ability to access their children's Facebook pages.

"We most certainly could regulate any Australian entity so that we can specify that the age of consent was 18," he told reporters.

  • Sandy - 2011-07-21 15:41

    What a ridiculous police state ! Let people think for themselves !

      Emsmum - 2011-07-21 16:06

      sandy, I don't know about you, but until my child is 18, she falls in my custody, and the responsibility to turn her into a well-rounded, stable, moral and functioning member of society falls squarely on my shoulders...I don't take that responsibility lightly, and I don't appreciate the constant barrage of age-inappropriate subject matter that society constantly subjects our children to, and call me overbearing if you will, but I certainly don't intend to let my daughters exposure to that go unchecked. BRAVO AUSTRALIA!

      position08 - 2011-08-11 09:07

      Who is the government to decide on these things for me???? Nanny state. Ridiculous.

  • Sandy - 2011-07-22 09:06

    Surely it's your responsibility to monitor your child's actions then and instill good morals, judgement and principles ? I still don't see why the state should effectively start doing the parenting...

      static - 2011-08-11 09:03

      the state is giving the parents space to do their parenting, big difference

      Meister - 2011-08-11 14:34

      Because parents do not do their job anymore

  • vapourtrail - 2011-08-11 09:24

    sandy and Position - please. Like the freedome we give our youth - look where that gets us. hardly in a position to rip off somewhere else that actually cares about the content their youth see - FB has loads of stuff on it that you would not want your kid to see - you don't know that because it is clear you don't check what you child does on line - as you so righteously say you do as a parent.

  • Michael - 2011-09-14 06:16

    Personally I think that censoring Facebook usage for children is ridiculous to say the least! Yes, there are many vulgar and disturbing things on Facebook. This is because PEOPLE are vulgar and disturbing. If our children don't see it on Facebook they'll end up seeing it on the news, or at school, or just out on the street. There are disturbing things everywhere in this world, and shielding our children from it is not the answer, building a valid moral foundation for our children, however, is. Our children need to know how to deal with the dirt and vulgarity that they are INEVITABLY going to see. When I was a kid I did plenty of things that, if my parents had found out about, would've put me in serious trouble. That wasn't because of Facebook, because it wasn't around at the time. All of those things I witnessed because of school. I did those things because, like any child, I was curious, and, like any child, I learned things from from friends. Our children ARE GOING to do and say things that we as parents don't want, they ARE GOING to get into trouble. Its part of life, and if there's one thing I know, its that spying on our kids is just going to make them miserable.

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