Rise in children's online time

Research reveals increase in texting, smartphone ownership and tablet use; decrease in TV viewing.

The annual report of Ofcom (the UK's communications industries regulator) reveals that children are spending even more time online.

Key findings

  • For the first time 12-15 year olds are spending more time online than watching the TV
  • Only 20% of 12-15 year olds say they would miss the TV more than any other device
  • The number of texts being sent by 12-15 year olds (an average of 193 per week) has doubled in the last year
  • Girls in that age bracket send 35% more texts than boys
  • The average number of texts sent by 8-11 year olds has also doubled in the last year
  • 62% of 12-15 year olds own a smartphone (compared with only 45% of UK adults)
  • 14% of 5-15 year olds now use a tablet device (up from 5%)
  • 9% of 3-4 year olds use a tablet device

For more information on the findings visit the Ofcom website.