Children under 13 targeted by adults they don’t know on social media, new research reveals.
The research, carried out in partnership with O2, surveyed 2,059 children and 2,049 parents for Net Aware, the essential guide to the top social networks used by children and young people. It asked children and parents about violent, bullying or adult content on social networking sites and games used by children and young people.
The research revealed:
- 1 in 4 young people have been contacted over social media by an adult they didn’t know, a third of which were children under 13
- Facebook, YouTube and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas were the only sites to be ranked high risk for all three of the categories violent, bullying and adult content
- Twitter and Reddit also ranked highly for inappropriate content
- the top 15 risky platforms included lesser known sites, such as Sarahah, Episode: Choose Your Story, Omegle, ROBLOX and Yubo (formerly called Yellow)
- 2 in 3 of young people know how to perform safety functions, including reporting, blocking users, and changing privacy and location settings.