Recent studies show that use of connected screens and devices by children, including under-fives, is growing fast. The pandemic appears to have increased kids’ screen use too, as children have spent more time indoors and less time playing ‘in person’ with friends.
The big question for parents is: is all this screen time healthy for children? In this article, we’ll take a look …
First, Some Recent Statistics
According to Childwise, the leading research experts for children and young people, children are spending more and more time on connected devices. These are devices like mobiles, tablets, smart TVs, virtual assistants like Alexa and so on. Most feature a screen but all can connect to the Internet, to other devices and/or to people via Wi-Fi or data connection.
Here’s what the recent research has to say about children’s use of connected devices:
- 50% of all children aged between 5 and 10 own a mobile.
- Nearly three-quarters (73%) of all children own a mobile, with the majority of them having one by the time they’re 7. Pretty much all of them are mobile phone owners by the age of 11.
- Over 75% of children under five have access to a connected device, with up to 60% of preschoolers actually owning their own.
- Under-fives were found to be using tablets on average for …