The internet is an incredible platform through which we learn and communicate with each other every single day. It is a growing medium that impacts heavily our lives and is mostly a very positive tool that allows us to access information worldwide.
In the 20 odd years it has been in existence it has grown from 16 million users to over 3 billion, which is around half the world population. Measured in volume of data, the internet will have quadrupled in size between 2014 and 2016. Every year 1.3 zettabytes of data are transported between computer networks worldwide – that’s a number with 20 zeros. By 2020 this number will have grown to 40 zettabytes. The world’s first website went live in 1991. There are now over 1 billion websites in existence.
Facts and Figures
Each minute of every day the following happens on the internet:
- Since 2013, the number of Twitter posts increased 25% to more than 350,000 Tweets PER MINUTE!
- Youtube usage has more than tripled in the last two years, with users uploading 400 hours of new video each minute of every day!
- Instagram users like 2.5 Million posts every minute!
- Since 2013, the number of Facebook Posts shared each minute has increased 22%, from 2.5 Million to 3 Million posts per minute. This number has increased more than 300 percent, from around 650,000 posts per minute in 2011!
- Facebook users also click the like button on more than 4 Million posts every minute! That is nearly 6 BILLION Facebook posts liked each day!
- Around 4 Million Google searches are conducted worldwide each minute of everyday.
- Finally, 4 Million Text messages are sent each minute in the US alone!
If we do some quick calculations, we can see the amount of data created on the internet each day. There are 1440 minutes per day…so that means there are approximately:
- 500 Million Tweets sent each day!
- More than 4 Million Hours of content uploaded to Youtube every day!
- 3.6 Billion Instagram Likes each day.
- 4.3 BILLION Facebook messages posted daily!
- 5.75 BILLION Facebook likes every day.
- 40 Million Tweets shared each day!
- 6 BILLION daily Google Searches!
- By 2019 246 Billion emails will be sent each day!
So with all this growth how on earth is the internet controlled and how are users kept safe when online? Well the true answer is it isn’t and they aren’t.
A recent survey by the BBC’s news programme for children, Newsround, found that more than three-quarters of younger children at primary-leaving age were using at least one social media network. For 13 to 18-year-olds, 96 percent used social media networks. The most popular site for the under 13-year-olds was Facebook, which 49 percent said they used.
Did you know that the legal age limits for having social media accounts in the UK are pretty much all 13 apart from Linkedin which is 14 and WhatsApp which is 16.
Screen and social media use
Advice for parents and carers on children and young people’s screen and social media use has been published by the Chief Medical Officer for the UK. The guidance itself has an infographic which helps parents and carers think about the challenges of managing their children’s screen use. This commentary on ‘Screen-based activities and children and young people’s mental health and psychosocial wellbeing: a systematic map of reviews’ can be downloaded here.
So what can you do to use the internet safely?
Use the link on the left (Safe Use) or click here to access resources to help you to browse safe.