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Bono Mack Urges Facebook to Move Cautiously Before Allowing Children Under 13 on Site

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Location: Washington, DC

According to published national reports, Facebook officials are exploring the possibility of allowing pre-teenage children to have their own Facebook account with parental supervision. When asked her reaction, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), who oversees online privacy issues as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement:

"In developing this new technology, Facebook needs to proceed with an abundance of caution. Very strict privacy protocols must be in place before younger children are allowed on social networking sites.

Before this happens, Facebook also has a responsibility to expand its efforts to educate parents and pre-teens about the dangers of cyberspace and how to use the Internet and social networking in a safe way."


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