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Facebook’s Popularity Reportedly Decreases with UK children

Facebook’s popularity among children fell during 2018, according to the media regulator Ofcom.

It has published its annual report looking at the types of services and devices children in the UK are using.

Its report suggests 72% of 12- to 15-year-olds with a social media account use Facebook, down from 74% in 2017.

But Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, gained popularity. In 2018, 23% named it as their main social network, up from 14% in 2017.

Facebook was named as the “main” social network by 31% of 12- to 15-year-olds, down from 40% in 2017.

WhatsApp, which is also owned by Facebook, and rival Snapchat also saw increased use among 12- to 15-year-olds.

Although most social networks do not allow children under 13 to register for an account, the report found 18% of eight- to 11-year-olds had a profile of their own.

Less than a third of parents who knew their child had a social media profile could correctly state the minimum age limit of the social networks.

Credit: BBC

January 29, 2019

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