Students discuss their experiences of using social media while underage

By Rosie Vacciana-Browne

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De Montfort University students have discussed their experiences on social media accounts that they had before the recommended age of 13.

This comes after the Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Tim Cook, referring to younger members of his own family, told the Guardian: “I don’t want them on social media.”

Yet, last November Ofcom reported that under-age use of social media was on the rise.

Following a report by the BBC on the issue, students were asked if they had any social media accounts before 13 and whether or not they felt safe on these sites.

To hear what they said, listen to the audio report above.


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