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Data Protection Survey shows that 92% of 11-12 year olds regularly use Social Networking Sites

As part of its Control Your Privacy Campaign, the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, acting as the Data Protection Commissioner, and with the co-operation of the Department of Education, carried out a of survey of the Year 7 students of Bishop Fitzgerald Middle School, St. Anne’s Middle School, Sacred Heart Middle School, St. Joseph’s Middle School and Loreto Convent. The survey comprised 378 students, consisting of 192 boys and 186 girls, between the ages of 11 and 12. The survey was carried out during the months of February and March 2014.

The purpose of the survey was to obtain an understanding on the extent of use of social networking sites (“SNS”) amongst children in Year 7 schools. Additionally, the survey served to learn about their habits with regards to SNS, in particular, which SNS are being used, the reasons and frequency of use, and the extent to which available privacy controls are being used. Finally, the survey also enabled the Commissioner to establish the extent to which those using mobile devices, use available security, namely password or PIN.