The average time children spend online has increased to three hours per day with a rise in the proportion accessing the internet out and about, according to data from our latest CHILDWISE Monitor Report 2019.
The above chart from the Monitor Report shows boys online for an hour a day more than girls, and online use increasing steeply with age.
But this year has also seen an increase in the number of children who feel lonely, as well as an increase in the number of 9-16 year olds who wish they could spend more time unplugged from their connected devices.
Children today may have a vast array of electronic gadgets to keep them entertained, and access to any games, music, video and information they want at the click of a button. But when it comes to having fun, traditional board and card games are still a popular pastime, with three quarters of children still keen on playing the old favourites like Snap, Monopoly and Snakes and Ladders.
So perhaps one could surmise that, thanks to children’s continued delight in traditional games, they could be tempted off their connected devices to play a board game with family and friends.
It looks as if this is something children may be happy to do, since the research shows that two in three say they are using their connected devices to stop them feeling bored, with children increasingly feeling alone and isolated.
As children age they are more likely to say they want to unplug, with three in ten 15-16 years olds saying they would like to spend more time disconnected from the internet and social media.
Meanwhile, children are increasingly using their connected devices this year, and there has also been an increase in the number of kids who would spend all day on their connected devices they could.
Around three in ten children say they have missed sleep and felt tired because they have spent too long on their connected devices.
Findings of the report also include…
The 2019 CHILDWISE Monitor is a comprehensive annual report looking at 5 to 16-year-olds media consumption, purchasing and social habits as well as key behaviour. More than 2000 children in schools across the United Kingdom completed in-depth online surveys for the report, which is now in its 25th year.
Children are spending an increasing amount of time online, but a growing number feel lonely and want to unplug