Internet use has overtaken TV as kids’ top pastime according to latest Ofcom report

Following the release of the latest Ofcom Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes report 2016, we’ve summarised the key findings it reveals.

Online use takes over

Ofcom latest report shows that children’s internet use has reached record highs, with young people aged 5-15 spending around 15 hours each week online – overtaking time spent watching a TV set for the first time.

Children aged 3-4, are also spending eight hours and 18 minutes a week online, up an hour and a half from six hours 48 minutes in the last year.

TV viewing drops

In contrast, children are spending less time watching a TV set, with their weekly viewing dropping from 14 hours 48 minutes in 2015 to 13 hours 36 minutes in the last year3.

Despite this, Ofcom’s research shows that TV still plays an important role in children’s lives with nine in…

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