Today, however, the newest data increasingly support the idea that young people are actually transitioning out of using what we might term broadcast social media—like Facebook and Twitter—and switching instead to using narrowcast tools—like Messenger or Snapchat. Instead of posting generic and sanitized updates for all to see, they are sharing their transient goofy selfies and blow-by-blow descriptions of class with only their closest friends.
More than a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds who are online in the UK have a profile on a social network, BBC reports quoting research. 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 says parents need to keep an eye on what their children do online.