Survey: Number of Parents Letting Preteens Use Social Media Doubles

Published: May 10, 2011

NEW YORK — The number of U.S. parents who allow children ages 10 to 12 to have Facebook or MySpace accounts has doubled in a year, according to an online survey conducted by Liberty Mutual’s Responsibility Project.

Seventeen percent of parents surveyed said they had no problem with preteen social media use, MSNBC reports. That number was just eight percent a year ago.

Eleven percent of parents admitted to using a social media profile on behalf of a child or infant. However, most parents believe that a child under 18 should have their social media usage monitored.

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