Children, mobile phones, tablets and games

Ofcom, the UK's media regulator, has published a fascinating research report on UK children's use of media and digital devices (PDF here). It's long and covers a wide range of topics, from TV consumption and awareness of advertising to use of games consoles (which is falling), but there are a couple of data sets around mobile devices that I want to pull out. 

First, ownership and access. Over 70% of 15 year olds have a smartphone, and over half of 13 year olds (the notional cut-off for social networks).

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Tablets, for children, may remain rather more a shared device, with ownership even at aged 15 at 20%, but access (at home) at half.  (The wobbles in the lines are survey artefacts)

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Use of devices other than TVs to watch television programmes is growing strongly. 

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Dedicated games devices are in decline.

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And smartphones and tablets clearly on the way to replace them, but perhaps not as fast as one might think. 

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Meanwhile, over half of early teenagers use mobile messaging apps...

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But SMS remains the dominant form.  

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Finally, entirely unsurprisingly, boys like computer games and girls like talking. Interesting how girls appear to outgrow games, though - and boys don't.  

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