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Children Flock to Social Networks

Phil Bradley points to a very interesting article from the BBC.
Children flock to social networks
By Darren Waters, Technology editor, BBC News website
Phil has some nice highlights at his post. I found these interesting:
“More than a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds who are online in the UK have a profile on a social network”
“Most sites, such as Bebo, MySpace and Facebook, set a minimum age of between 13 and 14 to create a profile but none actively enforce the age limit.”
“Ofcom’s survey of 5,000 adults and 3,000 children found 49% of those aged between eight and 17 have a profile.”
Ofcom research shows:
“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
“Forty-one per cent of children had set their profile so that it was visible to anyone, according to the report. But 16% of parents admitted they did not know if their child’s profile could be seen or not by strangers.”
Story from BBC NEWS:
I expect that there are similar trends in North America. The prevalance of WebKinz and Club Penguin among youngsters I know is high. Either way, it is evidence of an opportunity for libraries of all stripes to participate in the teaching of presence management and information literacy skills.

Posted on: April 15, 2008, 4:40 pm Category: Uncategorized

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