OFCOM, the telecoms and media regulator across the water, has just published a comprehensive 200-page report entitled ‘Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes‘.
It covers childrens’ use of mobile phones, social media, TV and the internet and their parents’ approaches to same. Among its findings are:
- Significantly fewer children aged 5-15 have mobile mobile phones than last year (43% in 2013 vs. 49% in 2012)
- Usage of tablet computers has tripled among the same age group
- There are fewer TVs, radios and game consoles in children’s rooms than last year
- Fewer children have social media profiles than heretofore, and the variety of social media platforms has increased
So has the tide turned? Is the growth of mobiles and social networking among children driven to some extent by fashion? Certainly, one swallow does not make a summer – we will need to see whether these findings are borne out elsewhere – and moreover there is a lot of detailed information in the report behind these headlines. Time will tell whether this is a future trend.