" The Ofcom report looks into the impact of social networks on people’s lives in the UK as part of a wider media literacy campaign and surveyed 5,000 adults and more than 3,000 children.
Its statistics suggest that around 19% of all UK youngsters have a presence on a social networking site.
“Social networks are clearly a very important part of people’s lives and are having an impact on how people live their lives,” said James Thickett, director of market research at Ofcom"
- 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