12/12/2011 16:45 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Half Of Under 13s Have An Illegal Facebook Account

 Half of under 13s have an illegal Facebook account PA

More than half of children aged 12 and under have a Facebook account, even though you're supposed to be 13 or over to have a profile on the social networking site.

Just over half - 55 per cent - of 12-year-olds have their own profile on the social networking site, and 76 per cent of them registered for an account with the help of their parents, a new survey by New York University has found.

In the study of over 1,000 parents, a third of parents with an 11-year-old child and 19 per cent of parents with a 10-year-old admitted their child had an account online, with many saying they didn't have an issue with it, despite the official age restriction on using Facebook being 13.

Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg, has previously said he wants to lower the age restriction on the social networking site:

"That will be a fight we take on at some point. My philosophy is that for education you need to start at a really, really young age.

"Because of the legal restrictions we haven't even begun this learning process. If they're lifted then we'd start to learn what works."

Official figures released in June showed 988,000 under 12s have a Facebook account.

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