British telecoms regulator Ofcom released its latest report into children and technology yesterday, led by this stat: 34% of 5-15 year-olds in the UK now have their own tablet – up from 19% this time last year. Meanwhile, 62% of children use a tablet at home (their own or a parent’s) which is up from 42% in 2013. And yes, these figures are skewed by the older end of the age group, but Ofcom points out that even among 3-4 year-olds, 11% now have their own tablet. There are also some stats on more general internet use by children, including music. Of 3-4 year-olds who go online, 57% listen to music while doing so, while that percentage rises to 64% for 5-7 year-olds. The questions got more granular for older children: of 8-11 year-olds who go online, 26% download music to own, while 18% stream it “through sites

such as Spotify, Soundcloud, Dweezer [sic] and Last FM”. But 74% say they watch “short videos – like music videos, comedy clips or trailers for new films”. There’s masses of detail in the report, including social media stats for 12-15 year-olds: 96% have a Facebook profile still, ahead of Instagram (36%), Twitter (28%), SnapChat (26%), YouTube (22%) and WhatsApp (20%). Take a deep dive via the link below.

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