Kids On Internet

The 21st century saw remarkable technological advancements and one of the best inventions of this era is the smartphone.

Smartphones today have become a necessity in all aspects of our lives. Now with the help of smartphones, one can check mails, play games, surf the internet, shop online and the list goes on and on.

Although smartphones are very useful and solve most of our daily problems, it yet forms an addiction, especially among children. Since children lack the sense of balance and responsibility they get addicted to smartphones very easily. 

The primary reason behind this is that via smartphones you can explore the world of the internet easily. 

Smartphones are a boon and bane for kids. The good thing about smartphones is that kids can continuously equip themselves with knowledge and education. 

There are various learning apps that are popping up every day. These apps truly help children to upskill themselves and learn modern concepts.

On the other hand, smartphones can also spoil a kid because a smartphone is a gateway to the internet which has no boundaries. Kids can access adult sites and can surf the wrong things which they should not. 

Hence, smartphones are good in a way but they can be wrongly used as well.  

In this post, we are going to give insights on how much time kids spend on mobile phones, their patterns of using phones, how it has affected their lifestyle, and many other things.  

Patterns of Mobile Usage Among Kids

In earlier times, smartphones were expensive and treated as luxury but the same cannot be said anymore. Nowadays smartphones are no longer expensive as they used to be in the last 5-10 years. Statistics like this are expected to increase in the future. 

In this section we will explore:

  • Percentage Of Kids Owning & Using Smartphones
  • Most Popular Smartphone Activities
Patterns of mobile usage among kids
Mobile phone usage among kids

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Patterns Of Mobile Usage Among Kids

From a recent study, it has been found out that 53% of kids of the age of 11 own and use smartphones. In the age bracket of 8, almost 19% of kids use and own smartphones whereas 52% of kids of 6-8 years are known to use smartphones on a daily basis.  

These kids mostly use smartphones for playing games, watching videos, texting among them, and so on. 

Smartphone And Bedtime Usage Among Kids

Kids are more often using a smartphone during bedtime and studies, which is also causing the arguments of children with their parents. It is now normal that every kid uses their mobile phone before sleeping 

In this section we will explore:

  • Smartphone and Bedtime
  • Smartphone and Studies
  • Smartphone and Relations
Smartphone And Bedtime Usage Among Kids
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Smartphone And Bedtime Usage Among Kids

From the study, 62% of teens use phones during bedtime. Around 77% of teens text or tweet when they are about to sleep. 21% of teens like to keep their notifications on while sleeping

66% of the teens know that using phones during bedtime will negatively impact their sleep but still, they cannot resist. 

It has also been found out that 61% of teens think that your school work and studies are getting affected due to smartphone usage. Also, 67% of teachers feel that smartphones distract teens the most

Smartphones also affect relations as 77% of parents feel that teens get distracted by smartphones. It has also been observed that 44% of teens use phones at dinner tables and 30% of teens argue with the parents on a daily basis in relation to smartphone usage.

Since the price of smartphones has reduced a lot, that is why parents are giving their kids these devices every now and then. 

Online Communication & Usage Of Devices Among Kids

Both, the device and internet are much cheaper now, therefore cheaper the stuff is the more users it will get, hence  it will attract more number of children

In this section we will explore:

  • Most popular communication apps
  • Percentage of Devices Used By Kids
  • Changes In Online Communication Among Kids
Online Communication & usage of Devices Among Kids
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Kids Usage Of Dvices And Online Communication

From a recent study, it was seen that the most used communications apps were Skype, WhatsApp, Hangouts, Facebook, Google Meet, Gmail, and Twitter.

Nowadays various kinds of devices and gadgets are available and as per recent findings, kids use a lot of devices on a daily basis. 

Following are the devices and their usage by the kids:

  • Tablets: 53.9%
  • Smartphone: 42.3% 
  • Gaming Console: 42.2%
  • Laptops: 31.45%
  • Portable Game Player: 27.6%
  • iPod Touch: 7.0%
  • MP3 Players or iPod: 6.2%

And only 13.1% prefer using nothing from the above

From here we can understand that the majority of the kids use gadgets and devices for entertainment purposes. But Tablet tops the list because it assists in study purpose as well. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many changes in the pattern of online communication has been observed. In January 2020, 22.53% kids used to communicate online

In February 2020, online communication went down to 21.84%. Similarly, in March, April, and May 2020, online communication among kids ranged from 22.62%, 27.54%, and 25.69% respectively.

From the above, we can conclude that due to the lockdown in April, online communication was at its peak

Excessive Use Of Social Media Among Teens

Social Media is something that came into existence a few years ago.Since the social media is so inter-active and its user-friendly approach make it quite popular among the kids as well.

In this section we will explore:

  • At what age, Children starts exploring Social Media
  • Percentage of Teens using Different Social Media
  • Duration of Social Media Usage by Teens
  • Teens and YouTube
Excessive Use Of Social Media Among Teens
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Excessive Use Of Social Media Among Teens

Now we all are aware of the consequences of addiction of Internet, Smartphones and other gadgets among kids.

From recent findings, it was seen that children from the age of 10 to 12 years start using social media platforms because during this age they get access to devices like mobiles, PCs, and many more. 

It was found that almost 90% of teens are active social media users. Around 75% of teens belonging to the age bracket of 17 have at least one active social media profile. Also, almost  2/3 teens have smartphones with active internet connections. 

It was also found out that 50% of teens belonging to the age group of 13 to 17 years have used social media several times. Due to their addiction to social media, they visit it several times.  

It was also found out that male teens spend about 70 minutes per day on social media, whereas female teens spend almost 140 minutes per day on social media. Females showed almost double the time spent on social media. 

It is also seen that 85% of teens belonging to the age group of 13 to 17 years prefer watching YouTube. Also, it is observed that 81% of parents with children of 11 years or below allow them to watch YouTube.  

Apart from this, 85% of teens like watching YouTube and 32% of teens prefer to use YouTube more often than any other apps

Popular Online Content Among Kids 

Kids are someone who acts completely different from an adult. For example, they are more into the games and during the lockdown, they have acted almost differently. Kids are usually addicted to mobile phones and so with the internet as well and they do perform various types of activities.

In this section we will explore:

  •  Popular categories among kids in May 2020
  • Most popular children-themed YouTube channels as of October 2020, ranked by number of subscribers
Popular Online Content Among Kids
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Popular Online Content Among Kids

Kids have a wide variety of options to consider when it comes to online content consumption.

In May 2020, the top six categories that grabbed the attention of children were:

  • Software/Audio/Video: 42.47%
  • Online Communication [Social Media]: 25.69%
  • Online Computer Games: 13.26%
  • E-Commerce Platforms: 10.54%
  • News Media: 5.33%
  • Adult Content: 0.49%

The numbers registered have witnessed a spike during the lockdown as children only relied on the internet as the sole source of entertainment.

It was also observed that children spent a lot of time-consuming online audio and video content. This automatically made the videos available on free platforms such as YouTube extremely popular among the children based demographic. 

Some of the most popular children-themed YouTube channels as of October 2020 have been ranked below as per subscriber count [in millions].

  • ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs - 41.4
  • EL Reino infantil - 38
  • LittleBabyBum - 33.4
  • Masha and the Bear - 31.2
  • Ryan’s World - 26.9
  • Baby Doli- ToyPudding - 25.4
  • CVS 3D Rhymes & Kids Songs - 25.3
  • Galinha Pintadinha - 25.4
  • Peppa Pig - Official Channel - 19.6 
  • Mister Max - 19.5   

Cyber-Bullying & Kids

Every one of us knows that the internet brings us great comfort and it has made our life much easier but that is one side of the coin, on the other side you’ll find some dark sides as well, and cyberbullying is one of them. 

In this section we will explore:

  •  Percentage Of Young People Have Seen Cyber-Bullying
  • Percentage Of Cyber-Bullying In Social Media
  • Cyber-Bullying And Impacts On Childrens
  • Percentage Of Cyber-Bullying Through Different Medium
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CyberBullying & Kids

The concept of Cyberbullying is one of the most horrifying realities of the online world.

As per a recent study, it is estimated that more than 87% of young adults have experienced cyberbullying.

Instagram is the foremost platform where 42% of kids and teenagers are bullied which is followed by Facebook with 37%, Snapchat with 31%, WhatsApp with 12%, YouTube with 10%, and Twitter with 9%

The most popular social media platforms attract larger audiences. Likewise, the chances of cyberbullying also increase with a greater audience base.

  • 70% of children encounter violent or sexual content while surfing the internet for homework purposes.
  • More than 17% of children aged between 8-12 years receive uncomfortable photos and texts online
  • More than 65% of children between the ages of 8-14 are exposed to cyberbullying
  • 75% of the children unknowingly share personal information in exchange for availing specific products or services. 
  • 36% of girls and 31% of boys have been found to be bullied online
  • All these issues are related to cyberbullying and influenced 16% of school students to consider suicide.

Such are the negative impacts of the internet on the minds of children and young adults.

Some of the most common cyberbullying activities can be related to mean comments specified in the comments section. 22.5% of children have been affected by hateful comments

Mocking and ridiculing photos on group chats is also a popular practice of cyberbullying which is experienced by 35% of the children. Aggressive Messaging [64%], Physical threats while gaming [79%], and Racist/Sexist remarks [41%] also are popular practices.

Adult Website: The Curiosity Of Children

With the onset of puberty, adolescents are usually attracted to some kinds of adult websites. Their curiosity is obvious and they start exploring these websites at the age of 12 by various means. Kids belonging to a different country act different, therefore we present you with the stats to understand it better.

In this section we will explore:

  1.  Children visiting adult content websites
Adult Website: The curiosity of Children
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Adult Website: The Curiosity Of Children

The availability of adult content on the internet has been a hot topic of discussion for several years since the initiation of the World Wide Web. 

It is one of the most primary concerns of parents all around the world as explicit content may affect the overall growth and development of children in the long run.

The percentage usage details from June of 2019 to May of 2020 for 22 countries have been identified below [in no particular order]:

  • Egypt:- 0.35%
  • Kenya:- 0.09%
  • Mexico:- 1.72%
  • Russia:- 1.06%
  • UAE:- 0.15%
  • Kazakhstan:- 0.71%
  • Brazil:- 0.53 %
  • Belarus:- 0.81%
  • Italy:- 0.88%
  • Japan:- 0.36%
  • India:- 0.59%
  • Korea:- 0.36%
  • Saudi Arabia:- 0.05%
  • United States:- 0.44%
  • Spain:- 0.28%
  • South Africa:- 0.14%
  • France:- 0.95%
  • Canada:- 0.49%
  • Great Britain:- 0.49%
  • Australia:- 0.22%
  • Germany:- 0.84%
  • China:- 0.04%

According to the observations listed above, China and Kenya have the lowest online adult consumption for children below the age of 18 with 0.04% and 0.09% respectively

On the other hand, Mexico has the largest demographic when it comes to the aspect of online adult content consumption with 1.72%.

Rise In The Popularity Of Online Communication Media Among Children

As discussed earlier, the internet is not something that exists from the generation of our parents but its popularity is quite unmatched. Nowadays, the availability of devices makes it much easier to connect with anyone around the world. 

In this section we will explore:

  1. Children Visiting Online Communication Media
Rise in the popularity of online communication media among children
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Rise In The Popularity Of Online Communication Media Among Children

The rise in the popularity of online communities especially social media platforms has been unprecedented. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat attract billions of users every day. 

Likewise, children are also attracted to these popularized social media domains as it allows them to connect with their peers and gain information about the ongoing trends that are dominating the present society.

The percentage online communication media usage details from June of 2019 to May of 2020 for 21 countries have been identified below [in no particular order]:

  • Egypt:- 34.7%
  • Kenya:- 33.96%
  • Mexico:- 33.78%
  • Russia:- 30.78%
  • UAE:- 30.35%
  • Kazakhstan:- 27.84%
  • Brazil:- 26.37%
  • Belarus:- 25.29%
  • Italy:- 25.21%
  • Japan:- 23.5%
  • India:- 23.23 %
  • Korea:- 23.13% 
  • Saudi Arabia:- 22.19%
  • United States:- 21.8%
  • Spain:- 19.59%
  • South Africa:- 19%
  • France:- 17.32%
  • Canada:- 17.27%
  • Great Britain:- 16%
  • Australia:- 15.8%
  • Germany:- 9.9%


The discussion of the internet is a boon or a bane has been going on for ages. This subject becomes even more imperative and critical when it comes to children.

There is no doubt that the introduction of the internet has helped us in several ways and in every aspect of life. The barrier of communication is now effectively bridged.

Children can stay connected with their friends and avail essential information online. There are a multitude of online videos that help kids to develop new skills from the comfort of their home

Moreover, the internet has made the overall aspect of entertainment easier and convenient for everyone.

However, some of the most prevalent issues related to the internet should not be disregarded by parents. Cyberbullying is a silent killer that has affected the lives of millions negatively. 

Exposure of explicit and online content should also be monitored by parents as children can be easily influenced into taking part in wrong or fraudulent activities. 

Therefore, certain precautions must be implemented in order to make the internet a safe place for the users of all age and especially children must get an environment that does not hamper a child psychology in the long run

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