The Daily Mail in the UK reports that many children there are using social-networking sites, but they do not know how to protect their online privacy:
Nearly half of nine to 12-year-olds in the UK have a profile on a social networking site, according to a poll by the European Commission (EC). It found that 43 per cent of young people surveyed had an online profile, with the figure rising to 88 per cent for those aged 13 and 16.
The survey of 25,000 youngsters across Europe was published by the EUKidsOnline network.
One in ten said they had a public profile – with a fifth of these children displaying their address and/or phone number. […]But only half of 11 and 12-year-olds said they knew how to change privacy settings on social networking sites. […]
The commission said the findings confirmed the importance of a review of its deal with major networking sites on safer Internet use. […]
Two years ago 17 web firms, including Bebo, Google/YouTube, Microsoft Europe, Myspace and Yahoo!Europe, signed up for the first EU-wide accord to improve the safety of under-18s using social networking sites. […]
The agreement established the use of ‘report abuse’ buttons and the principle of ‘private’ default settings for profiles, as well as technical safeguards against strangers searching profiles uninvited.The commission said the new survey showed that some of the social networking sites that are popular among the young are not signed up to the safer social networking principles agreement.