Most 15 Year Olds On Facebook - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Most 15 Year Olds On Facebook

Published November 4, 2013

99% of all 10th graders in Iceland have their own Facebook accounts despite age restrictions on the social media website.

78% of all pupils in 4th to 10th grades across the country use Facebook and 13% of them are on Twitter.

This is revealed in a survey carried out by SAFT, association focusing on family and technologies, Vísir.is reports.

Most of those who have Facebook accounts also have Twitter accounts; 20% of 4th-10th graders say they don’t use social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

When asked about what information they give out on their profile pages, most of the pupils, or 88.8%, have uploaded a profile picture which clearly shows their face. 83.6% show their actual names and 65% reveal which school they attend.

Less than 45% reveal their actual age and 39% lie about their age on social media, mostly younger pupils in order to get around Facebook’s age restrictions.

A small proportion of the pupils reveal their phone numbers on social media, or 16.3% and even fewer show their home address, or 10.3%

Majority of the pupils using Facebook claim that their profiles are locked so that only their Facebook friends can see them.
Less than third of them say their profiles are partially locked, i.e. only friends and friends of friends can see their profile page.

Nearly 13% say their profile page is completely unlocked, more boys than girls as the survey indicates that girls show more caution with stricter privacy settings on social media than boys.

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