Although majority of the parents surveyed believe that there should be a minimum age for Facebook, 78% believe that there are situations like school related activities, communicating with others make it “OK” for their child to sign up for an online service even if he or she does not meet the site's minimum age requirement.
While releasing the Assocham survey its Secretary General D.S. Rawat said in a statement, “Children are gaining access to social media sites at a younger age, which could expose them to content, people or situations that are out of their depth”.
As per the findings, nearly 25% of 13-year-olds, 22% of 11-year-olds and 15% of 10-year-old are on Facebook, while 5-10% of 8 & 9 year-olds are also active on the site, reveals the findings.
Dr. B K Rao, Chairman of Assocham Health Committee said, “Minors lack the experience or judgment to use a social network and this raises the scary predators tracking down kids who reveal their age in an online chat, cyber bullying and online sexual abuse”.
The study further reveals that children are most likely to post an image or video of themselves online. Facebook is the most preferred social networking website for children between the ages of 8 and 13-years. Other popular sites include flick.com, google plus, pinterest, snapchat are used by 85% of ten to 16-year-olds, highlights the survey.
An aspect which emerged out of this survey is that children of working parents are found to be more technology addictive in the absence of parental supervision, as compared to those whose single parent is engaged in employment. This trend is abundant in metros where normally both the parents are employed, reveals the survey.
“Having a genuine and transparent two-way communication with children is absolutely fundamental to establishing a safe and positive cyber experience,” reveals the paper.