It's to protect the children. The lawmakers assume most teens (13 and up) have been taught by their parents about protecting themselves on the web. The social networking sites are a dream-come-true for child predators. They can create a profile claiming they're a kid and the kids will fall for it and meet up, get abducted and harmed. You won't believe how many people post their personal info online. If you put your Ask username into a search engine (like Google), you'll see anything you posted on here AND if your username relates to anything else, people can see that stuff as well. A username I have for another site will also show my Facebook page if you search it online.
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There is a law called COPPA, which says that companies can't collect information from people under 13 without a parent's permission. Getting permission is expensive, so most companies just ban 12-year olds from using their web sites.