Only 56% of 11-12 year olds say they know how to change privacy settings on their social network profile. Whilst older youngsters have better skills with 78% of 15-16 year olds saying they know how to change their privacy settings.
The European Commission is assessing the implementation of the Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU. This agreement was brokered by the Commission in 2009 when major social networking companies agreed to implement measures to ensure the online safety of their under 18s users. The first batch of results will be published shortly and they relate to signatories like Facebook, Bebo and MySpace. However, today's report suggests that some of the social networking sites that are popular among youngsters in Europe are not signatories to the Safer Social Networking Principles.