The changing face of Children and Technology


(Arti Freeman) #1

Ontario’s children are growing up as digital natives. Technological advancements, digitization, and automation are realities of the 21st century.

Online presence and digital footprints are the reality of most young Canadians.

The Young Canadians in a Wired World research series, by Media Smarts, describes the online life of young Canadians. Here are some of the stats from the executive summary:

  • 99% of Canadian students grades 4 - 11 are able to access the internet after school.
  • Portable devices are used more than desktops. In Quebec, 87% of French language students use a portable device to go online compared to 67% of students in the rest of Canada.
  • Almost 50% of students in grade 4 have access to a mobile phone
  • 78% of students use the internet to find information about news, health issues, and relationships
  • Top 2 online activities are playing games and downloading / streaming movies, tv shows, music
  • The top favourite site of young Canadians is You Tube, at 75% followed by Facebook at 57%
  • Almost ⅓ of students in grades 4-6 have a facebook account - despite the age 13 requirement for an account.
  • The percentage of household rules for online activity has significantly declined between 2003 and 2015
  • Students are aware of risks of going online and 89% were confident of their ability to manage online risk

More Trends and some Recommendations can be found in the full report here.

Are these statistics surprising? How might these impact the development and future of today’s children and youth?