Understanding online communications among children

Understanding online communications among children

Type of Resource

Research and Evidence

Publication Date

November 14, 2023


Harmful or inappropriate content  
Ofcom has published new research exploring how children communicate online in the UK. The research uses a survey and interviews with 11- to 18-year-olds to look at children’s online experiences. Findings include: 60% of 11- to 18-year-olds have experienced some form of potentially uncomfortable interactions/conversations when communicating online at some point in the past; including 13% who have been sent pictures or videos of naked or half-dressed people and 10% who have ever been asked to share these types of pictures or videos themselves; and for many potentially uncomfortable forms of contact, the experience often occurs within/during the first contact with the person or people in question.
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