At least 38 percent of European kids aged of 9-12 use social networking sites including Facebook, a new report revealed.
This somewhat unsurprising finding was made by the London School of Economics in their research for the European Commission in a study that included a survey of more than 25,000 young kids across Europe.
The Netherlands topped the chart with 70 percent of its kids saying that they regularly use social networking sites. However, a large portion of them use Hyves, a site that has no minimum age restrictions.
In the UK, 43 percent of the nine to twelve year old kids had access to social networking sites while an overwhelming 88 percent of those belonging to the 13-16 year age group were regular users of the social media forums.
Facebook released a statement (opens in new tab)saying, "Recent reports have highlighted just how difficult it is to implement age restrictions on the Internet and that there is no single solution to ensuring younger children don't circumvent a system or lie about their age."
Enforcing age restrictions online has been a perennial problem because it is difficult to verify a person's identity, especially when dealing with large numbers of users as Facebook does.