Over a Third of British Children Have Their Own Tablet

By Tom Pritchard on at

Remember the days when parents would leave their kids in front of the TV all day? It looks like those days are coming to an end, with the TV being replaced by for the not-so-humble tablet. In fact, a study has shown that 34% of children aged 5-15 have a tablet of their own.

According to Ofcom's annual 'Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes' report, tablet usage amongst children has skyrocketed. Last year only 19% of children owned their own tablet and only 42% has access to a device. This year those numbers are 34% and 62% respectively.

Interestingly the rise in tablet usage has also coincided with a decline in children having a television in their bedroom, dropping from 66% to 46% over the last five years. It's assumed this is down to the rise in the number of children watching on-demand content on their tablets, which has risen from 20% to 33% over the past year.

But this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some people may be a bit up-in-arms about this it's no different from watching TV all day, provided the kids aren't spending a fortune on mobile game currency that is. [Ofcom via Digital Spy]