Currently, the use of technology at any time or aspect of people’s daily life has been normalized, especially with regard to their access by childrenwho use technology as material of entertainment either education.
A survey carried out by the company cybersecurity Kaspersky presented specific data on the age at which children are introduced to mobile electronic devices such as smartphones either tablets. It was found that at least the 61% of people, indicates that minors receive their first device electronic between the 8 and 12 yearswhile a smaller percentage of eleven % stated that this contact occurred before the 5 years.
The company report, which includes information related to 19 countries and a total of 11,000 parentsindicates that the main reason why the children had their first approach with the screens of mobile devices such as cell phones or tablets is mainly the entertainment.
A 53% of the people surveyed indicated that they bought these devices so that they consume video gamewhile other reasons were completing a task in the school (45%), see content in Youtube (43%), communicate with friends and family (39%), learn (33%), see films (25%), among others with a lower percentage.
Regulation of digital habits of minors
On the other hand, the parents of family They were also consulted about the role of the family and the school in teaching habits of healthy use of this type of devices and the answers had different approaches depending on the country in which the consultation was carried out.
In the case of Latin American countries, each of those included in the study had different answers to the same question. In Mexico, 25% of respondents indicated that this regulation it must be the responsibility of the schools, this being the highest figure. Other South American countries, such as Peru Y Colombia, lowered that score and presented 21% as well as Brazilwhile Argentina Y Chili indicated the same with figures of 16% and 14% respectively.
Time spent consuming digital content on mobile devices
Regarding the time spent by both parents and children consuming various types of contents through cell phones Y tabletsthe answers were varied in terms of the number of hours of consumption, although in both cases it was agreed that both use the devices an average of between 3 and 5 hours daily (48% of respondents).
In the case of childrenthe second most common average among people in the company’s study was less than 2 hours (29%), while the third had a figure of 17% related to prolonged use between 6 and 8 hours.
Some exceptional cases were records indicating the use of even larger mobile device screens, among 9 and 11 hours, with 4% in children, and extreme cases of more than 12 hours per day of access to these artifacts, although these only registered 1% of the people who participated.