Younger children and social networking sites – a blind spot

Last updated: 11 Apr 2016 Topics: Online safety

This NSPCC report describes the experiences of 11 and 12 year olds using social networking sites. It touches on the roles parents, social network providers and regulations can play in protecting children and young people when online.

Authors: Claire Lilley and Ruth Ball
Published: 2013

About the report

The online survey was completed by 1,024 11-16 year olds in the UK, 28% of whom were aged 11-12 years.

This research found that nearly a quarter of 11 and 12 year olds with a social networking site profile say they have been upset by something on it over the last year.


You can download Younger children and social networking sites: a blind spot from the NSPCC Library.

Further information

See our online safety guide for information and advice on how to help create a safe online environment for every child, and for links to NSPCC and other online-safety resources.