A quarter of UK youngsters are on Facebook, MySpace or Bebo

Ofcom’s annual Children’s Media Literacy Audit revealed some interesting facts about UK younsters and their social media habits. According to the survey, a quarter of eight-to-twelve-year-olds have profiles on social networking sites like Facebook, Bebo, and MySpace, despite the lowest minimum age for any of these sites being thirteen.

Other surprising findings include:

  • Eighty-three percent of parents are unaware of what their children do online.
  • Forty-four percent of kids between twelve and fifteen think sharing downloaded copies of films and music should be both legal and free.
  • Eighty-three percent of these young web users are quite savvy when it comes to online privacy protection.

Full story at Guardian.

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