kids using iPadThere has been a major spike in mobile device ownership by children.

  • with 42% of kids age 8 and under having their own tablets,
  • up from only 1% just 6 years ago.

Plus the average time spent on a mobile device has increased from  5 minutes to 48 minutes a day.

A report by Common Sense also found that:

  •  95% of families with children age 0 to 8 now have a smartphone (up  8%  in just six years ).
  • Almost 70% of families with young children are now more likely to have a subscription video service like Hulu, Netflix and/or Cable.
  • About 50% of parents say that their children age 8 or under often or sometimes watch TV or videos or play video games in the hour before bedtime, contrary to recommendations from pediatricians.
  •  About 10% of children age 8 or under have a “smart” toy that connects to the internet or a voice-activated virtual assistant device available to them in the home, such as an Amazon Echo or Google Home.

“In today’s tech-driven world, where things are moving so quickly, it is really important to step back and take a hard look at what technology kids are using and how they are using it,” said James P. Steyer, founder, and CEO of Common Sense. “Over the last six years, we have seen massive growth in media use and tablet ownership, and we haven’t even begun to experience the explosion of new technologies like virtual reality and voice-activated assistants in our homes. If we want to ensure our kids develop well and are successful in life, we have to make sure they get the most out of tech while protecting them from potential risks — and that means paying close attention to the role media is playing in their lives.”

The report also looked at the gap in high-speed Internet access between higher income and lower-income families.

The Digital Divide is Narrowing:

  • The “digital divide” has been cut from 50% to 22%.
  • . The gap in overall mobile device ownership has virtually disappeared.
  • Children from lower-income homes spend an average of 3 and half hours vs 1 and half hours for children from higher-income families.
  • 61% percent of lower-income families now have a tablet device,  and 96% have some type of mobile device,  an increase of 7 times as many.
  • Lower-income children are as likely as higher-income children to have their “own” tablet.
  • In general, Hispanic/Latino parents are the most concerned about children’s media use, and African-American parents are most likely to say their children benefit from screen media.

See Full report:  Common Sense today announced the release of The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight,

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