More than 7.5 million people who have used Facebook in the past year are younger than 13 years of age. More than one million children have been harassed or threatened on the website, according to a survey by the U.S. magazine Consumer Reports.

  • Of the 20 million minors who actively used Facebook in the past year, 7.5 million—or more than one-third—were younger than 13 and not supposed to be able to use the site.
  • Among young users, more than 5 million were 10 and under, and their accounts were largely unsupervised by their parents.
  • One million children were harassed, threatened, or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on the site in the past year.

Parents of children under ten years, seems like they generally are not concerned about their children’s use of the site.

“Parents think their younger kids aren’t interested in porn. With a 10-year-old mentality, they’re only interested in 10-year-old things.” 

More than five million American households have been subjected to some form of abuse via Facebook over the past two years. This includes viruses, identity theft and bullying.

The result is based on responses from 2,089 households that were interviewed earlier this year.

(via ConsumerReports)