All of us old-ish folks that didn’t grow up with hand held technology from the time we were just getting into big-kid beds sometimes ponder that children now enter the online world at a much younger age than we did. They’ll never have to deal with a corded telephone or wait for someone to send them snail-mail (or, as I so blandly knew it to be called, “mail). This handy infographic takes a look at the effects that the digital age is having on younger minds and offers insight into how teens are using social media. Keep reading to learn more.
- The average age when a child begins regularly consuming online media is 8
- Even though Facebook’s minimum age requirement is 13, there are about 5 million users under the age of 10
- About 10 hours and 45 minutes per day are spent online (for 8-18 year olds)
- 25% of teens log into to social media 10+ times per day
- 51% of kids say they’ve been bullied online, and 49% say they have been the online bully
- Only 50% of parents have installed parental controls for their kids online interactions, but 72% worry that their kids will reveal inappropriate information online
- 88% of teens value social media because it helps them keep in touch with friends they don’t see often