Minecraft, YouTube top kids tech trends in 2015

According to the new edition of the UK-based survey, tablet ownership among younger kids doubled this year. Read on for more insights.
January 16, 2015

The new 2015 CHILDWISE Monitor Report reflects a changing landscape in kids’ digital media consumption. For starters, more kids now own a tablet than a laptop, and more 11- to 16-year-olds can upload a picture than boil an egg.

According to the annual report, which surveyed kids in the UK ages five to 16,  Minecraft topped the list as the #1 game for boys and girls of all ages, and YouTube ranked as the #1 website.

The report charts YouTube’s meteoric rise in the 11 to 16 demo, showing the video-sharing site has displaced previous topper Facebook among all demos but older girls.

Not only is Facebook losing ground to YouTube, social sites like Instagram and Snapchat are gaining in popularity as the place to keep in touch and share with friends.

Notably, device ownership trends are also changing. Tablet ownership among younger kids doubled this year.

With one-third of five to sevens owning their own tablet, the report found these devices have become the technology of choice – over computers, laptops and even game consoles.

“Parents like tablets because they are controllable – a tablet can be taken away to reflect good or bad behavior, in a way that is not possible with a TV or computer,” explains Simon Leggett, research director at CHILDWISE. “Apps can be purchased as rewards, and with the growing use of tablets in primary schools, there are strong perceived educational advantages.”

For older children, however, the tablet has been slower to displace existing allegiances to laptops or smartphones, especially among teens. For the older demo, mobile phones are increasingly being used to access the internet and as the primary way to listen to music. Meanwhile vloggers like Zoella and Alfie Deyes are the new media stars, as video-sharing sites continue to grow in popularity.

The 2015 CHILDWISE Monitor Report surveyed more than 2,000 kids and teens, ages five to 16, in schools across the UK.  More information on the report is available at www.childwise.co.uk.

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