Social networking sites such as Facebook® are becoming increasingly popular with teenagers. It’s where, statistics show, teenagers are spending the majority of their time, with some teenagers accessing it as many as 15 times per day via home computers or mobile technology.
It’s a great way for young people to keep in touch with friends and family and has grown so rapidly in popularity because it encompasses lots of tools that up until a few years ago you had to access different sites to utilise. For example, you can play games, share photographs and chat to friends live, all in one place.
The problem with social networking sites is that they are not rigorously regulated and because of the nature of these websites, they are used by children as tools to bully other children or used by adults to contact children anonymously.
The thing to remember about social networking sites is that they are very much a public place and like any public place there are dangers.
CEOP advice regarding this can be found at: www.thinkuknow.co.uk