For those of you who have not already seen this, you may be interested to know that Ofcom have published a report into children’s and young people’s access to online content.
The report is of particular interest as it looks at the content young people access specifically from mobile devices, games consoles and media players such as iPod Touch. 90% of young people own a games console and 74% a mobile phone. The statistics around how many young people use these devices to go online are interesting. For instance, boys who own a games console that can connect are four times more likely to do so (23%) than girls (6%). Around 21% of 13-16 year olds who own a mobile phone will use it to go online (the figure for 7-12 year olds is 5%).
There is some good news in that very few young people report having experienced inappropriate content using these devices, and most who did reported it to someone. 75% of young people feel they would know what to do if they came across inappropriate content, with the majority saying they would inform a parent/carer.
When asked what support young people felt they needed, their main concerns were maintaining privacy of personal information (54%), retaining security of information (28%), dealing with inappropriate content (22%) and dealing with cyberbullying (20%).
The summary of the report makes interesting reading. The report can be downloaded here: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/advice/media_literacy/medlitpub/medlitpubrss/online_access.pdf
Ofcom have also produced two leaflets aimed at parents on mobile phones and games consoles. They are available for download here:
Thanks to Ruth Hammond for the information.