Many parents feel that social networking sites such as Facebook aren’t an ideal place for young kids to be spending time. FaceBook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire 27 year old figurehead of the company has a differing opinion on the subject.
Zuckerberg told venture capitalist John Doerr that improving education and making the internet more open are two of his favourite topics of conversation.
He said “Education is clearly the biggest thing that will drive how the economy improves over the long term. We spend a lot of time talking about this.” He sales that education, as well as health, finance and shopping will become more social in the coming years.
“In the future, software and technology will enable people to learn a lot from their fellow students,” he said. Zuckerberg stressed that he wants younger kids to be allowed on social networking sites such as Facebook. Currently the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act says that websites that collect information about users are not allowed to sign on anyone under the age of 13. Zuckerberg wants this to change.
“That will be a fight we take on at some point,” he said. “My philosophy is that for education you need to start at a really, really young age. “Because of the restrictions we haven’t even begun this learning process If they’re lifted then we’d start to learn what works. We’d take a lot of precautions to make sure that they [younger kids] are safe.”
Zuckerberg started coding when he was young, after he got his first computer, his first program was a virtual pet type game featuring Yoda.
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