On 9 October Ofcom published its 2014 Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes report with evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people from ages 3-4 and 5-15. The report also includes findings on parents’ views about children’s media use and the ways parent’s seek to supervise such media use.
According to the report, there has been a significant increase in use of tablet computers by children of all ages. Numbers of TVs and games consoles in the bedroom are declining, while smartphone ownership remains steady.
Under the Communications Act of 2003, Ofcom has the responsibility to research and promote media literacy to promote opportunities to participate, protect consumers from harm, and to contribute to and implement public policy as defined by Parliament.