The age of digital independence
When it comes to going online, children are most likely to use a tablet (68%) but mobiles are becoming increasingly popular and children are now as likely to use a mobile as they are laptops (55%).
This move to mobile is being driven by older children, with 10 years old, becoming the age of digital independence.
Between age nine and 10, the amount of children who own a smartphone doubles from 23% to 50% – giving them greater digital independence as they prepare to move to secondary school. By the time they are 15, almost all (94%) children have one.
Yih-Choung Teh, Strategy and Research Group Director at Ofcom, said:
“Today’s children have never known life without the internet, but two million parents now feel the internet causes them more harm than good.
So it’s encouraging that parents, carers and teachers are now having more conversations than ever before with children about online safety. Education and stronger regulation will also help children to embrace their digital independence while protecting them from the risks.”