Children now spend more time on the internet than watching television, according to a survey of young Australians aged six to 13.
In 2016 kids spent an average of 12 hours a week online compared to 10.5 hours spent in front of the TV.
While television was still the number one entertainment of choice at home, internet use was expected to surpass TV in the next two years.
The results correlated with the increased use of mobile and tablet devices by children outside the home such as at school, on the bus, or when “out and about”.
About three-quarters of the children surveyed regularly used tablets, while 74 per cent of 12 to 13-year-olds surfed the web via a mobile phone.
Kids and their devices
- 74 per cent of children aged six to 13 use a tablet.
- 20 per cent of six to seven-year-olds use mobile phones; 2 per cent have their own phone.
- 74 per cent of 12 and 13-year-olds use mobile phones.
- Around 95 per cent of households with children have a computer.