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25% of 8 to 12yr olds have Social Network profile

Kids using Facebook

Kids using Facebook

A study by an online security company, Trend Micro, has recently shown that a quarter of kids aged 8 to 12 have set-up their own profile on a social network, despite being below the age limit imposed by certain networks like Facebook.

The most alarming statistic is that 17% of parents of this group are unaware their child visits the social network. Furthermore 40 percent of eight to 12s believe all information they read on Facebook is true, while 27 percent of 12 to 15 year olds believe search engines only return URLs of sites that are genuine.

This just goes to show how important it is that we talk to our children about Internet Safety as early as possible. Talk about setting ground rules early, what is okay to do online and what isn’t okay.

What do you think?

Debbie Woodward

Debbie is a FETAC qualified trainer and delivers Social Media training for the Sligo County Enterprise Board in Ireland. Debbie also delivers talks on Internet Safety to parents and students in schools and also teachers in education centres. You can find Debbie on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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