We asked parents how easy they thought it would be for a child to pretend to be older in order to sign up to Facebook and Messenger, and whether they had to verify their phone number or email address. Based on these answers, Facebook and Messenger has received a neutral rating for its sign up process.
Here are some of the things parents said:
- “It is very easy to do, maybe too easy for children that are quite young.” - Mother of a 12 yr old girl
- “Easy to set up an alias so danger that people who are on there aren't who they say they are or someone could set up an account in your name.” - Mother of 11 and 13 yr olds