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Nearly half of 5-15-year-olds own a tablet

Nearly half of 5-15 year olds in the UK own a tablet according to a new report published by the UK’s communications regulator Ofcom.

The Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes report found that 44% of those asked owned their own devices, along with 16% of 3-4s.

Worryingly, the annual report, which analyses the media habits and attitudes of children and young people aged 5-15, also found that a third of 12-15s say they have seen hate speech online in the past year.

The survey was done in the three months leading up to the European Union referendum in June. This is the first year that Ofcom has asked that question in its report.

While both equally distressing experiences, levels of cyberbullying amongst children in the UK are no higher than face-to-face bullying, says Ofcom.

The report found that 12- to 15-year-olds are as likely to be bullied online as they are face-to-face, while eight- to 11-year-olds are more likely to be bullied in person rather than on social media.

The survey also found that:

  • Children aged five to 15 now spend an average of 15 hours a week online as opposed to 13 hours and 36 minutes watching TV.
  • YouTube is increasingly important to all ages, with 37% of 3-4s, 54% of 5-7s, 73% of 8-11s and 87% of 12-15s using the channel.
  • 57% of 12-15s who are aware that vloggers may be being paid to endorse a product they say favourable things about.
  • Five per cent of 8-11s and 14% of 12-15s use chat features in online gaming to talk to people they only know through the game.
  • Seventy seven per cent of 12-15s say they are cautious about the sites they use and the data they give away.
  • Over nine in ten 8-15s say they have been given information about staying safe online.
  • More than one in three parents of 5-15s whose child goes online (35%) are concerned about the time their child spends online while fewer parents are concerned about the time their child spends playing games (29%) or using a mobile phone (29%).
  • The number of parents of 5-15s who do not mediate their child’s internet use by using technical tools, talking to their child and having rules has decreased from 6% to 4% since 2015.

Read the full version of the Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2016 report.