Kids want a “Junior Facebook” for under-13s as research shows British children more likely to be on Facebook than American kids
07 February —
An Independent survey of 2,000 children in the UK and America has found that 44 per cent of British 8-12 year-olds access Facebook compared to only 37% in America. While high number of UK and US children are using ‘grown up’ Facebook, a staggering 78% of children with a Facebook account would like a ‘junior Facebook’ specifically for under-13s. This is despite Facebook saying they have no interest in this market. 66% of six year-olds are aware of FB 23% of eight-year-olds access FB
Virtual world development studio, Dubit, has been appointed by Finnish Publisher, Dramaforum, to partner with them in developing a virtual world for their Petra’s Planet franchise, which originates from their children´s book series Petra. In a move to bring these stories to life online, Dramaforum is using a specialist digital entertainment platform created by Dubit. Its narrative scripting language or “Adventure Engine” allows children to visit the countries in a browser-based virtual world.
Research into services such as Foursquare and Facebook’s Places by youth communications agency, Dubit, shows that nearly half of 11-18 year-olds have not heard of the likes of them. 67% of young people that have heard of them don’t use them and a significant proportion of respondents don’t see the point and feel they are unsafe. Key Figs • 48% of teens have not heard of Places, Foursquare, or other location services • 58% of teens who have heard of location services don’t see the point