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More than 1 in 2 Australian kids own or use a tablet

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kidtablet2Tablets appear to have a healthy future according to the latest Roy Morgan Research study showing more than half of Australia’s kids own or use a tablet computer.

In 2013, more than half of boys and girls aged between six and 13 (53 per cent) were tablet users.

This is a dramatic jump from 2012’s figures which showed one in three children (33 per cent) owned or used a tablet device.

And it is girls leading the way with a lead of four per cent – up from one per cent in 2012.

The figures for tablet use among children aged 10-13 is actually 53 per cent while 49 per cent of six to nine year olds using a tablet.

State by state kids in Victoria takes the title as the most avid users at 57 per cent (up from 38 per cent in 2012) just ahead of Western Australia (54 per cent), Queensland (53 per cent) and NSW (52 per cent).

But the sharpest rate of growth has been in Tasmania which went from 21 per cent in 2012 to more than double in 2013 at 46 per cent.

“The speed with which tablet computers have become mainstream is a phenomenon that we’ll no doubt see repeated many times as more user- and kid-friendly technologies enter the marketplace,” says John La Rosa, Roy Morgan Research agencies general manager.

The Roy Morgan Research results around kids and tablet usage

“Tablet computers will become a model for marketers looking to predict adoption trends in the future, and a case study in how devices move from being considered supplementary to necessary, desirable to indispensable.

“It didn’t take long after tablets were first launched for parents to recognise their value as an entertainment and educational device with multiple applications suitable for everyone in the house.”

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