Teenagers around the world favour social media for keeping up with the news over traditional media outlets e.g magazines and newspapers .

according to reports, For the first time Instagram, TikTok and YouTube are now the most popular news sources among 12 to 15-year-olds.

The insights were included in the regulator’s News Consumption in the UK 2021/22 report.

Yih-Choung Teh, Ofcom’s group director for strategy and research, said: “Teenagers today are increasingly unlikely to pick up a newspaper or tune into TV News, instead preferring to keep up-to-date by scrolling through their social feeds.

“And while youngsters find news on social media to be less reliable, they rate these services more highly for serving up a range of opinions on the day’s topical stories.”

Instagram is used by 29 per cent of teenagers aged between 12 and 15, making it the most popular news source for this age group. It’s closely followed by TikTok and YouTube, which are used by 28 per cent of young people.