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NSPCC: Social sites' 'blind eye'

Social networking sites should not "turn a blind eye" to the children who use them, the NSPCC said. The charity found almost a quarter of 11 and 12-year-olds have been upset after interacting using social media.

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Sites 'can't turn a blind eye' to dangers to child users

The NSPCC is calling for social media sites to do more to make their online platforms safer for the millions of children who use them by bypassing the age restrictions. Claire Lilley, NSPCC's head of child safety, said the risks to 11 and 12-year-olds need to be evaluated by the companies.

There is a significant jump in the numbers of children who have a social networking profile at age 11 - which coincides with the move to secondary school for most UK children

We estimate that around half of the UK's 11 and 12-year-olds have a profile on a social networking site with a minimum age of 13.

Age verification is a nut that social networking sites are yet to crack.

We want social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to take a pragmatic approach - if younger children are determined to use social networking sites for over 13 year-olds, the sites can't simply turn a blind eye.

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