Childrens Media Usage Doubles During The Last Year.
A recent report by Ofcom has stated that children between the ages of 12-15 are sending over 190 text messages per week with girls sending approximately 35% more than boys, this is double the figure found in a similar survey last year.
The study also shows that children and the younger generation as a whole are spending as much time using the Internet as they do watching television, the vast majority of the children surveyed stated that if given the choice they would rather keep the usage of their mobile phone than their TV time. Smart-phone ownership, tablet and social media usage have also seen massive increases among children under 15, since 2011
Claudio Pollack, Ofcom`s consumer group director quoted…
“Children`s take-up and use of different media is growing at a rapid pace, with some areas such as texting and smart-phone ownership fast outstripping the general population.”
Although in the modern world the use of this technology is beneficial to children`s education and development some fear that due to over use and lack of exercise these children could be at serious risk of obesity and other health issues.
After surveying over 3,400 students aged between 9-11 years old a recent Canadian study has shown that 50% of them had at least one electronic device in their bedroom and they were 1.47 times more likely to be overweight than the rest. The study focused on the link between sleep, diet and physical activity amongst children and concluded that adding just one hour of extra sleep decreases the chances of obesity by approximately 30%.
Professor Paul Veugelers of the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta in Canada quoted…
“If you want your kids to sleep better and live a healthier lifestyle, get the technology out of the bedroom.”