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Do you prefer to chat to your friends online or in real life?

Published by: BBC Newsround, June 2021

Do you prefer to chat to your friends online or in real life?

A new study by Natterhub - an online safety platform - showed that only around a quarter (23%) of the 5-11-year-olds they spoke to, preferred to speak to their friends in person.

15,000 students, from 2,500 schools in the UK, took part in the survey to share how they feel about the internet and social media.

60% of the children surveyed said the best way to chat with their friends was online messaging, with 11% preferring to message whilst gaming, and 4% through streaming messaging.

The study was carried out between May 2020 to May 2021 when there were restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

During this time people were encouraged to stay at home and not meet up with people they didn't live with, meaning lots of people used online communication to keep in touch.

What do you think? Let us know by joining in with our vote. [Users had the opportunity to engage with a vote about their preferred method of communication.]


The survey also asked about cyberbullying and found that over half (55%) had experienced bullying over their appearance online, and 91% wanted the internet to be a kinder place.

Over three quarters (76%) knew someone who had been trolled online, and half of children aged 10-11 said they regretted something they had posted online.

The participants were also asked what they thought about how their images were used online, with a quarter (25%) of children aged 8-9 unaware that anything they post online (without privacy settings in place) can be seen by people they don't know.

Over three quarters (76%) of 10-11 year olds said that images of themselves had been shared by someone else online, however only 12% had actually been asked for permission before posting the image.


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Natterhub is an educational social media platform created to prepare primary school children to thrive online.

Our interactive lessons give children all the skills that they need to stay safe in a digital landscape, and our Badges of Honour help teachers to keep track of their progress.

Natterhub is powered by TwinklHive, and is used in over 50 countries around the world. Twinkl, a global educational publishing house, offers primary and secondary resources to 8.5 million members, across 197 countries.

For press enquiries about the work of Natterhub or spokespeople for comment on issues relating to child safety online, please contact Natterhub on 0114 399 6905 or

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