Throughout my research, I learnt that under-age use of social media is on the rise. The minimum age of most social media platforms is 13, but a study from regular Ofcom showed that half of children aged 11 and 12 have a social media account. According to Ofcom’s Children and Parents Media Use and Attitudes report, 46% of 11-year-olds, 51% of 12-year-olds and 28% of 10-year-olds have a social media profile. Despite these scary statistics, parental awareness of the age limit is very low and 80% of parents of the children who use instagram or snapchat are unaware of the restrictions. 40% of the parents said they would allow their child to use social media even if they are under the age limit.
Social networks are pretending to not see the children under the age of 13 signing up for their services and the issues and dangers surrounding it.
Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2017. (2017, December 29). Retrieved March 06, 2018, from https://www.ofcom.org.uk/research-and-data/media-literacy-research/childrens/children-parents-2017
Under-age social media use on the rise, says Ofcom. (2017, November 29). Retrieved March 06, 2018, from http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42153694