Aussie teens and kids online

This research snapshot seeks to shed light on how young people are engaging online, the devices they use and the services and activities that draw them online, providing an update to Aussie teens online released by the ACMA in July 2014. Understanding the levels of online engagement by young people is the first step in exploring related issues such as trust and online safety, themes which will be explored in future research.
 

Overview

The internet is an integral part of the digital lives of young people in Australia, with most going online regularly to learn, keep in touch with friends and have fun. Born into an already web-connected world, many teens have been using the internet for the majority of their lives and fear not having access to the digital environment.

This research snapshot provides an update to Aussie teens online, released by the ACMA in July 2014, and highlights how young people are now engaging online, the devices they use and the services and activities that draw them online. Understanding the levels of online engagement by young people is the first step in exploring related issues such as trust and online safety, themes that will be developed in future research. So, what do teens do on the internet, how have things changed, and how does their behaviour online compare to adult Australians?

This updated snapshot is produced jointly by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) and the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.

Who

At June 2015, 82% of teens had been online in the previous 4 weeks.
85% were girls, 78% boys

What?

64% streaming video
47% playing games online
78% emailing
54% social networking
78% research and browsing

When?

27% between 9am and 2:59pm
49% between 3pm and 4:59am
74% accessed between 5pm and 10pm
28% between 10pm and midnight
8% between midnight to 6:59am

Where?

98% of teens are connecting at home
64% have access at school
57% access the internet at a friend's home
36% of all teens going online are accessing via wireless hotspots

How?

52% of teen users access the internet on two different devices, while 30% are using three. 18% are reliant on only one device.

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