Tips on Social Media

How many children and young people use social media platforms?

Facebook is by far the most commonly used social media platform, with more than 17 million users in Australia (as of April 2017).[1] There are no official figures about young people's use of social media, but we know that children as young as 6 access it,[2] and that use increases with age. An Australian study in 2013 found that social media was used by:

  • 23% of 8-9 year olds
  • 45% of 10-11 year olds
  • 69% of 12-13 year olds
  • 86% of 14-15 year olds
  • 92% of 16-17 year olds