The Social Age survey, conducted by Knowthenet, found 59 per cent of children aged ten have used at least one social media site
Emily is editorial assistant for CorpComms Magazine
Almost six in ten children aged ten have used at least one social media site, according to a new study.
Facebook tops the list of sites that children sign up to underage as the study reveals that more than half of eight to 16 year olds ignore the site's official age limit of 13 years old.
The Social Age survey, conducted by Knowthenet, which provides practical advice on online safety, studied 1,000 children to see what they get up to on the web and asked 1,000 parents how much they really know about their child's online safety.
Four in ten children admitted to using the mobile messaging app WhatApp, just under one quarter use BBM and more than ten per cent send pictures via SnapChat.
The study found that, on average, children aged up to ten years old do not post negative comments. However, the situation changes once they hit 11. More than 20 per cent of 11 year olds post negative comments while more than one quarter have hijacked another person's social media account without permission.
Worryingly, fewer than a third of parents feel 'very confident' about helping their children stay safe online which is of concern because 45 per cent of children aged over 12 have messaged strangers.
Lesley Cowley, chief executive of cyber security service Nominet, said: 'Before helping children to be safe online, parents need to understand what the dangers are, especially as settings change or new trends emerge.'