Children less likely to have own TV, 1 in 3 now has their own tablet

Ofcom's annual Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report has revealed that among children between the ages of 5 and 15, 34% now have their own tablet, up from 19% in 2013.

Six in 10 (62%) children use a tablet at home, up from 42% last year, and its popularity could be contributing to the declining number of children with a TV set in their bedroom. This has decreased by a third over the past 5 years (from 66% in 2009 to 46% in 2014).

However, despite the decline of TV sets in the bedroom, children still say they would miss TV (34%) more than other popular devices (17% for mobile, 15% for tablets and 11% for games consoles). But older children aged 12-15 are twice as likely to miss their mobile phone compared to TV (37% versus 18%).

Children aged 5-15 still spend more time watching TV every week (14.6 hours) than any other media activity.

DTG Staff  |  10.10.2014

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