How Much Time Do Young Kids Spend Online?

If you’re a parent of a younger child, you have probably wondered how much time other kids, or the average kid, spend online. Common Sense Media this week published results of a study titled Zero to Eight, which details media consumption by kids aged 8 and under. The study surveyed 1,463 parents earlier this year, and results were compared to a similar study performed in 2011.

Not surprisingly, the ways that the average kid can access online content are increasing, and their adoption has risen dramatically over the past two years.

Kids having access to:

2013

2011

Smartphone

63%

41%

Tablet

40%

8%

iPod Touch or similar

27%

21%

Any mobile device

75%

52%

 

It may come as a surprise that total time spent by young kids consuming media has decreased since 2011, from 2 hours and 16 minutes to 1 hour and 55 minutes. In terms of time spent on different types of devices, the breakdown is as follows:

Device

2013

2011

TV

:57

1:09

DVD

:22

:31

Computer

:11

:17

Video Games

:10

:14

Mobile Devices

:15

:05

 

Overall, time spent online (as opposed to on traditional media) is unchanged at 36 minutes per day over the past two years.

It looks like handheld devices are here to stay. 58% of parents say that they have downloaded at least one app for their kids, and time spent using mobile devices was the only category that increased in usage time significantly over the last two years.

We are in favor of setting limits for time spent online, and 36 minutes per day sounds reasonable to us. Your family may be different, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In additional to monitoring and limiting the amount of time spent online, parents should be aware of the types of content that young kids are able to access, and who they may be communicating with.

 

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