Australian Bureau Of Statistics
Kids Clock Up 10 Or More Hours Of Screen Time Per Week
Victor P Taffa
Around 90 % of Australian children are looking at screens each week, and most of them are doing so for 10 or more hours, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
“Our report looks at the activities that children are doing outside school hours. Screen-based activities are the most popular, followed by reading for pleasure.” ABS Director of Education Training and Culture Statistics Michelle Ducat said.
Most children spent less than 5 hours reading each week, which is considerably less than the number of hours spent on screen time.
“Screen based activities include watching TV, using the Internet or playing screen-based games (including playing games on consoles and activities via smart phones or tablets).” Ms. Ducat said.
“We also looked at creative activities, like dancing and art and craft. Overall, 63 % of Australian children participated in a creative activity.”
Children living in the highest income households had a creative activity participation rate of 75 %, while children in the lowest income households were less likely to participate, with a rate of 55 %.
Participation in creative activities was also lower for older children, with a 57 % participation rate for 12-14 year old’s compared with a 67 % rate for 5-8 year old.
Reading for pleasure also declined for older age groups, where the 12-14 year old participation rate was 73 % compared with 80 % for 5-8 year olds.
Tasmanian children were the most culturally engaged, with 99 % of children participating in at least 1 cultural activity compared with the national rate of 96 %.
Similarly, Tasmanian children were the most likely to engage in creative activities, at a rate of 74 % compared with the national rate of 63 %.