Facts & Figures

According to The Social Age Study by Knowthenet.org.uk, approximately 59% of children have already used a social network by the time they are 10. Facebook has most users under the age of 13, 52% of 8-16 years admit they ignore Facebook’s age restriction

This is an issue most parents worry about – Here’s some of the research about online safety for children that you might find interesting and useful:

How many children access or create harmful or worrying content?


In a ChildLine survey of 13-18 year olds:

  • 60% said they had been asked for a sexual image or video of themselves
  • 40% said they had created an image or video of themselves
  • 25% said they had sent an image or video of themselves to someone else.

Source: NSPCC (2013) ChildLine tackling sexting with Internet Watch Foundation. NSPCC press release, 17 October 2013. London: NSPCC

This was a self-selecting survey and may not be representative of the population as a whole. However, the results are comparable with other studies.

  • 23% of 11 and 12 year olds with a social networking site profile say they have been upset by something onit over the last year
  • 8% of these felt upset or scared for weeks or months after the incident occurred
  • 20% experienced something that upsetthem every day or almost every day
  • 62% of these experiences were caused by strangers or people they only knew online.

Source: Lilley, C. and Ball, R. (2013) Younger children and social networking sites: a blind spot (PDF, 1.74MB) . London: NSPCC.

In 2012-13, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre received a total of 18,887 reports, an average of 1,600 per month.

Source: Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre (2013) Annual review 2012-13 and centre plan 2013-14 (PDF). London: Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre receives reports relating to online and offline child sexual abuse.