— blending the mix

Safety on Social Networks rears its head again

So, OFCOM’s latest research suggests that kids as young as 11 are opening (without age verification) accounts on social networks.

– 49% of children 8-17 have an online profile
– 22% of 16+ have an online profile
– On average adults have profiles on 1.6 sites
– 63% of 8 to 17-year-olds with a profile use Bebo
– 37% of 8 to 17-year-olds with profile use MySpace
– 18% of 8 to 17-year-olds with a profile use Facebook
– 59% of 8 to 17-year-olds use social networks to make new friends
– 16% of parents do not know if their child’s profile is visible to all
– 33% of parents say they set no rules for their children’s use of social networks
– 43% of children say their parents set no rules for use of social networks

Source: Ofcom (from bbc)

More to follow once I have digested the report

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