1 million kids under 12 use Facebook everyday

Peer pressure blamed for children’s constant use of social media website

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Around 1 million British children aged 7 to 12 admit to using Facebook everyday, according to a study by consumer analysts Mintel.

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Girls between the ages of 10 and 12 proved to be the most frequent users of the site. Only 5% of youngsters said they didn’t use the site at all. Club Penguin and Twitter were close behind Facebook. 

A tenth of those admitting to using Facebook everyday do so on their mobile phones, with boys as young as 7 admitting that this is how they get their daily Facebook fix.

Peer pressure is noted as being a driving force behind the trend, with two thirds of 12-year-olds claiming they followed the example of their friends with girls reportedly being most likely to follow the crow.

Words such as Poke, Like and De-tag have become common in everyday language – Unfollow even made it into the Dictionary!

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