Kids Who Lie About Their Age on Facebook Endanger Their Friends

Despite the best intentions of Facebook employees, government officials, parents, and even teens themselves, all of whom want to make sure kids are super safe online, minors reveal a dangerous amount of information on Facebook, according to a new study. It may take a village to raise a child, but, apparently, it takes more than a village to make sure that child doesn't unwittingly endanger all of his friends.

The study, co-authored by NYU computer science professor Keith W. Ross, found that the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (often called Coppa), the federal law that's supposed to protect children's privacy online, actually makes kids reveal more sensitive info than they would in a country without Coppa.

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