There is no doubt that social networking sites are popular on both sides of the pond. BBC News says that more than a quarter of 8 to 11 year olds kids who are online now have a profile on a social network in the UK.
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This is interesting if you consider the fact that the most popular social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Bebo have minimum age requirements of 13 or 14 years to have a profile on the site. Ofcom’s survey of 5,000 adults and 3,000 kids found that 49% of those from 8 to 17 have a profile.
The report is expected to make some recommendations to keep children safe on these websites. Facebook and MySpace in particular have had issues with solicitation of minors using the sites. The three sites listed above don’t employee age verification software, but do claim to remove profiles of users found to be under age.
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Via BBC News