How Young is Too Young for Social Networking?



First Lady Michelle Obama revealed Wednesday on the Today Show, that her daughters (ages 9 and 12) are too young for Facebook and that the social networking site was “not something they need.”

I never thought much about teens on Facebook, but this story got me wondering; How young is too young for social networking?

After a little research here are the minimum age requirements for a few of the major social networking sites:

Facebook – 13 years old

Twitter –13 years old

YouTube –13 years old

foursquare –13 years old

MySpace – 13 years old

Noticing a trend???

I had no idea the minimum age on these sites was so low. With no kids, I have never had a reason to look into the issue, and I guess I always assumed the minimum age was somewhere around 16. This is quite a revalation to me.

While I am a huge proponent of parental responsibility, I still have to wonder if 13 is too young for usership of these sites. I’d love to hear what you think about this…