Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, has recently published its 2013 'Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes' report. The report provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15. For the first time it also provides detailed information about access to, and use of, media among children aged 3-4.
The report also includes findings relating to parents' views about their children's media use, and the ways that parents seek to monitor or limit such use.
Among the report's findings are:
- There has been a decline in the number of 5–15 year olds owning a mobile phone.
- The use of tablet computers at home has tripled among 5-15 year olds since last year.
- Children's preference for internet-enabled devices reflects changes in how and why they are going online.
- For the first time there has been a decrease in the number of children with social networking profiles.
- Most parents of 5-15 year olds say that they know enough to keep their child safe online; but around half of parents feel that their child knows more about the internet than they do.
Read the full report on the Ofcom website.