So it takes about two seconds for a kid to realize, "Hey, if I tell the truth, I can't use this website. But if I lie about my age, I'll get in and nobody'll be the wiser."
Maybe it works for babies, but I'm pretty sure kids are smart enough to figure out how to get past it by the time they're 7 or 8.
The book publishers, the paper letter manufacturers, or telephone company has no obligation for the cause of book-reading, letter-writing or phone-calling by the children.
But it happens for the medium of computer and the Internet.
Because, we failed to decentralize the computer and the Internet, most of the computations currently requires the aid of remote servers from commercial entities and they act according to the incentives.
The children doesn't pay much and so many laws make them responsible for the cause of children reading books, writing letters, making a phone call IF the medium is the computer and the Internet.
So banning the children from using the web service is the cheapest solution for the Web service providers.
The result is, the children can't read book, write letters, or making a phone call.
We're heading straight to the dystopia where there is no human right for the children.
Who's to say?, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions".
When I first opened this post it was a link to the Gizmodo article talking about the study. It, in turn, linked to the Endgadget article and the source PDF. Why was this HN post hijacked to remove the Gizmodo, and by extension Endgaget, article(s) and point directly to the PDF instead? Is there no value in the content of those two articles reporting on the study?
Section "In Submissions," third paragraph:
Please submit the original source. If a post reports on
something found on another site, submit the latter.
There are exceptions, this is a broad over-generalization, I don't speak for HN, etc.
Here is the original link with some opinion and commentary.
It can be a little frustrating sometimes, particularly if the original title is vague or non-descriptive (e.g. "My Next Journey" instead of the more informative "Blah blah Steps Down as CEO of _____"), and if a different article provides a particularly juicy tidbit or summary of the article.