Kids’ First Exposure To Gaming, Cell Phones Becoming Earlier

Having 3 kids – 5, 3, 11 months, and one on the way, I can relate to this article.  At 3, I give them a PC.  Sometime around then, they also get a kids digital camera, inexpensive MP3 player, and portable dvd player for road trips.

“Kids are being exposed to consumer electronics at ever-younger ages, according to a new report, and the frequency of use is going up for some devices. The numbers come as part of the NPD Group’s third annual Kids and Consumer Electronics Trends report, which examines the penetration of various consumer electronics in the lives of kids throughout the US. The average age that kids first use consumer electronics was 8.1 years in 2005; it has now fallen to 6.7 years old, according to the NPD Group.

The use of portable digital media players (PDMPs), portable video games, and digital cameras saw the largest percentage growth, with the use of cell phones and portable DVD players also growing. The earliest age of significant exposure in NPD’s study came at 4 or 5 with televisions and computers, with the average for gadgets like PDMPs and satellite radios coming a little later at about 9 years of age. Children are most likely to have their own handheld consoles, digital cameras, and PDMPs, according to the report; the overall number of devices both owned and used have dropped since the 2005 survey.”

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