Children eight years old and below use mobile device than ever according to study.
These days, almost all households live with smartphones or some type of mobile device. Nearly all children as young as 8 and under live in these homes. It’s not surprising that the most of these households also have TV set at home.
The skyrocketing of the mobile device enterprises in the Philippines since 2010 has led to more kids having access to these devices. And not only they get to use and have their own gadgets, they also get connected to the Internet and get exposed to sensitive and pornographic content and media.
While adults especially the parents of these young children enjoy their time on screens, these children get used to seeing the scenario as a daily norm. As early as under 2 children have already experienced getting exposed on screen media according to a study. Even a three-year-old kid already knows how to download and install gaming apps on a mobile device.
A study conducted by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization focused on helping children, parents, and educators navigate the world of media and technology, reveals that children 8 and under spend an average of more than 2 hours a day with screen media. The average amount of time spent with mobile devices each day has tripled, going from 5 minutes a day in 2011 to 15 minutes a day in 2013 to 48 minutes a day in 2017.
It was also reported that nearly half of the children under 8 with access to mobile devices play video games or watch TV before bedtime. The leniency of implementing house rules on children regarding use of mobile devices and the internet inside the households has shown a tremendous change in the society.
Not only has the study showed tremendous increase of mobile use among the young children. More findings show that teens use an average of nine hours of entertainment media per day, and tweens or the nearing puberty (ages 9 to 12) use an average of six hours, not including the time spent using media for school or homework.
There is a wide diversity in screen media use among tweens and teens. On any given day, 34 percent of tweens and 23 percent of teens spend two hours or less with screen media, while 11 percent of tweens and 26 percent of teens spend more than eight hours.
Kids growing up in lower-income homes are far less likely to have access to computers, tablets, and smartphones than their wealthier peers, but when they do have access, they’re more likely to spend more time on their devices.
Mobile use also varies with gender. Teen boys average 56 minutes a day playing video games, compared to girls’ seven minutes; and teen girls spend 40 minutes more a day than boys on social media (1:32 vs. 52 minutes).
While the Philippines advances to using more technology and access to the internet than ever, children also go with the waves of spending more time on screens. Revealing figures on the mounting evidences of mobile device use among young children, how could we know how much is much? Should there be stricter and more responsible regulations in households? How can parents address this concern not putting the need to restrict the use of mobile devices and the internet while enjoying its benefits? Comment down below your insights about the subject.