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Usage Statistics:
  • Over one in five 3-4s (21%) have their own tablet and 53% spend around 8 hours a week online. (Source: Ofcom)
  •  71% of 5-7s use YouTube to watch videos and 30% say watching cartoons are their favourite thing to watch. (Source: Ofcom)
  • There are 74% 12-15s with a social media profile. (Source: Ofcom)
  • Facebook has over 1.4 billion registered users. (Source: Facebook)
  • The average person on Facebook has 338 friends. (Source: PEW Research 2014)
  • 94% of children aged 8-11s spend 13 and half hours and 99% of 12-15s are online fot 21 hours a week. (Source Ofcom)
  • There are over 100 billion searches on Google each month. (Source: Google)
  • There are over 500 million Tweets every day. (Source: Twitter)
  • The number of text messages sent in the UK is falling (now estimated at just 170 per person per month) in favour of instant messaging (such as WhatsApp). (Source: Ofcom)
  • YouTube is the most recognised content provider among 12-15s, with 94% saying they’d heard of it and 48% saying they’d miss it the most if taken away. (Source: Ofcom)
  • One in ten 12-15s have shared videos using a live streaming service. (Source: Ofcom)
  • Two in five parents of 12-15s are concerned about their child being bullied through their phone or how much time their children are spending on their phones. (Source: Ofcom)
  • Concerns among parents of 5-15s are also higher than in 2016 for time spent gaming and all related gaming content. (Source: Ofcom)

View Ofcom’s full report on: media use and attitudes 2017