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"Net Children Go Mobile" - initial findings

by Giovanna Mascheroni, Kjartan Ólafsson

This report contains the first results of the quantitative part of the research, focusing in particular on mobile internet use and access by children in the four European countries (Denmark, Italy, Romania, United Kingdom) involved in this research.

Amongst the main results of the survey:

  • The average age of first internet use is still dropping,being now 8 years old in the four countries. However, the age at which children start using the internet varies consistently by country, age group and, to a lesser extent, by gender.
  • European kids are increasingly mobile, and increasingly social: 53% of children aged 9 to 16 own a smartphone, and 48% use it to access the internet.
  • Increasingly privatised access: 26% of children use the smartphones in mobility, but more and more children tend to use it in their own bedrooms (39%)
  • Social networking tops the list of activities done on a daily basis (58% of the interviewees visit their profile on a social network site several times a day or at least once a day). Other popular online activities among children and teenagers include: listening to music, watching video clips and using instant messaging such as Skype or WhatsApp.

The full report can be found here:


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