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Social networking, age and privacy

Livingstone, Sonia and Ólafsson, Kjartan and Staksrud, Elisabeth (2011) Social networking, age and privacy. EU Kids Online, London, UK.

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Social networking sites (SNS) are popular among European children: 38% of 9-12 year olds and 77% of 13-16 year olds have a profile. Facebook is used by one third of 9-16 year old internet users. Age restrictions are only partially effective, although there are many differences by country and SNS. One in five 9-12 year olds have a Facebook profile, rising to over 4 in 10 in some countries. The report also shows that: • Younger children are more likely than older to have their profile ‘public’. Over a quarter of 9-12 year old SNS users have their profile ‘set to public’. • Parental rules for SNS use, when applied, are partly effective, especially for younger children. • A quarter of SNS users communicate online with people unconnected to their daily lives, including one fifth of 9-12 year old SNS users. • One fifth of children whose profile is public display their address and/or phone number, twice as many as for those with private profiles. • The features designed to protect children from other users if needed are not easily understood, by many younger and some older children.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2011 European Community Safer Internet Plus Programme and the authors
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Research centres and groups > EU Kids Online
Date Deposited: 03 May 2011 14:07
Last Modified: 22 May 2014 14:56
Funders: EC Safer Internet Programme

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