In order to open your own Facebook account, you have to be over the age of 13.
According to Facebook’s Help Centre, creating an account with false information (eg. saying you’re 13 when you’re actually nine) is a “violation of our terms.”
If you know someone under the age of 13 operating a Facebook account, you can fill out an online form which will have that account promptly deleted.
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Age is one of the only restrictions when it comes to opening a Facebook page. It would be logical to assume that it has something to do with online safety, protecting young children from bullying or exposure to inappropriate content. Perhaps the decision has been made based on developmental research, whereby kids under the age of 13 cannot understand the implications of engaging in an online world. Maybe their frontal lobes are not advanced enough to see the long term consequences of posting a photo or a status.
But, no. That’s not the reason at all.