Aussie kids youngest, prolific internet users: Study
- Author: Diana Nguyen
- Posted: 3rd November 2011
Some 76 per cent of Australian kids go online daily for an average time of 1.5 hours per day
Australian children are among the earliest and prolific users of the internet globally, according to a new study.
AU Kids Online — authored by Professors Leila Green, John Hartley and Catharine Lumby from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation — compared Australian kids aged nine to 16 to their European counterparts.
A total of 400 children and their parents or carers were interviewed in person for the study.
Australian children were on average less than eight years old when they started surfing the Web, making them one of the youngest users in the 26-nation study.
76 per cent of Australian kids and young teenagers were reported to go online daily for an average time of 1.5 hours per day.
The study also revealed that parental and teacher guidance of online use and safety was high in Australia.