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Facebook for Kids is Your Child's Internet

January 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Facebook for Kids: uKnowKidsFacebook founder Mark Zuckerburg may not have invented social networking, but he certainly dominates it. Facebook is by far the most popular social network for adults, teens, and tweens. In fact, it's such an integral part of the Internet that a lot of kids simply don't know how they would live without it.

Five or ten years ago, a lot of kids used to spend time “surfing the Internet,” looking for sites to occupy their time and attention. Now it's much more common for kids to log onto Facebook and spend hours surfing the site, exploring their friend's walls for hours on end.

Though it started as a simple sharing site where people can keep tabs with friends, Facebook for kids has blossomed into a mini-Internet of its own. Now you can not only spend and receive messages fron Facebook, you can also play games, search for people, video chat, and even go shopping. With so many features on Facebook, why go elsewhere?

Many teens and tweens spend inordinate amounts of time on Facebook for kids, and now you know why. In fact, some estimates say that 16% of all time spent online in the U.S. is on Facebook. And just as you  would make it a point to get to know a friend that your child spends 16% of his time with, you should also become familiar with Facebook and the ways your child interacts with it.

-Article contributed by Jenny Evans

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Steven Woda

Written by Steven Woda

Steve Woda is the co-founder and CEO of uKnow, and a leader in the Internet safety and security field for over 15 years. He frequently speaks on the topics of Internet and mobile security, ecommerce and information economics. You can follow Steve on Twitter or on his blog.

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