Teenagers are using Facebook more, survey says

FacebookA recent survey from Forrester Research claims American adolescents between 12 and 17 years old are using Facebook more than they did a year ago, and twice more than Tumblr and Snapchat.

The survey provides different results from other polls, such as the Pew Research Internet Project report, which suggested adolescents were leaving Facebook. However, it seems the social network is perceived by some teens as less cool.

What about you? Do you think you use Facebook more or less than before? What other services do you use most?

Find out more information about staying safe online when using social networks at http://www.saferinternet.org/online-issues/children-and-young-people.

Are you addicted to your smartphone?

nomophobiaAre you constantly checking your smartphone? Would you rather starve for 24 hours than go without your mobile phone?

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact, feeling anxious or tense when you lose your mobile phone, run out of battery or have no network coverage. According to the latest Net Children Go Mobile report, 50 per cent of young people interviewed (9-16) “felt a strong need to check their mobile phone very or fairly often”. Take the quiz and find out if you are addicted to your phone! 

Views on the internet

keyboard14 year old Erin, from the UK, wrote to us about her views on the internet. Thank you, Erin!

The internet is great but it can also be dangerous as everyone is aware from reported cases of cyberbullying. However, it’s not just cyberbullying that’s the issue: everyone knows about predators online but nobody knows who they are or when they’ll strike. Young people may become victims, for example if they are asked for explicit pictures of themselves and send them, but there are good websites and resources that these victims can go to for help and advice. Read more….