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BRITISH KIDS ABANDONING TV SETS FOR TABLETS

October 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Fewer British children have a television set in their bedrooms than ever before in recent years, according to the U.K.’s media watchdog Ofcom. What many now have instead is a tablet computer. In an annual report, Ofcom noted that more than a third of 5­15-year-old British children now have their own tablet, up from a fifth just a year ago. Seventy-one percent have access to a tablet in their home, up from 51 percent in 2013. By contrast, over the past five years the percentage of children who now have a TV set in their bedroom has fallen to 46 percent from 66 percent in 2009. Even the proportion of children using game consoles attached to a TV set has fallen — to 77 percent this year from 81 percent last year, as British children increasingly use their tablets to play games.