17% of children aged 4 to 5 have their own mobile phones but are more likely to use tablets for online entertainment (78%). Most use video-sharing platforms like YouTube with options like YouTube Kids available for parents to use. Many also use devices to watch TV, send messages and use live streaming websites.
On average, children aged 4-15 spend just under six hours per week watching video content. In the same report from Ofcom as the above, 40% of parents say they struggle to manage their child’s screen time. Support from educators is vital in helping children understand how to balance screen use.
Balanced screen use means using devices for different purposes. This may be watching TV or videos but could also include learning life skills, reading, counting and more. It also means taking breaks from digital to focus on offline activities. At this age, children need support to help manage this balance.
Primary school resources to support children