Children active on social media in the United Kingdom (UK) 2009-2018, by age

This statistic displays the share of children who have active social media profiles in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2009 to 2018, by age group. 70 percent of children aged 12 to 15 had profiles compared to five percent of children aged 5 to 7 years in 2018.

Does your child have a social media profile or account on any sites or apps?***

Aged 3-4Aged 5-15Aged 5-7Aged 8-11Aged 12-15
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Source

Release date

January 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2009 to 2018

Number of respondents

various*

Special properties

parents of children aged 3-4 or 5-15 who go online at home or elsewhere**

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Number of respondents:
In 2009: n (aged 5-7) = 576, n (aged 8-11) = 773, n (aged 12-15) = 781.
In 2011: n (aged 5-7) = 573, n (aged 8-11) = 586, n (aged 12-15) = 558.
In 2013: n (aged 3-4) = 685, n (aged 5-7) = 533, n (aged 8-11) = 587, n (aged 12-15) = 569.
In 2014: n (aged 3-4) = 731, n (aged 5-7) = 453, n (aged 8-11) = 609, n (aged 12-15) = 598.
In 2015: n (aged 3-4) = 272, n (aged 5-7) = 264, n (aged 8-11) = 444, n (aged 12-15) = 463.
In 2016: n (aged 3-4) = 262, n (aged 5-7) = 260, n (aged 8-11) = 441, n (aged 12-15) = 475.
In 2017: n (aged 3-4) = 328, n (aged 5-7) = 362, n (aged 8-11) = 456, n (aged 12-15) = 480.

** Since 2014 responses are taken from the child aged 8-11 or aged 12-15 rather than the parent.

*** Before 2017 this question asked only about use of social media sites or apps; this definition was expanded in 2017 to include messaging sites or apps.

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