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4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jan 2001  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/02/2001   
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AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN LOG ON TO IT

The vast majority (95%) of Australian children aged 5 to 14 years had used a computer and almost half (47%) had accessed the Internet in the previous 12 months, according to findings summarised in a feature article in Use of the Internet by Householders, Australia, August 2000 (ABS Cat. no. 8147.0; $17.50) which was released on 21 November 2000. While older children were more likely than younger children to have used a computer or accessed the Internet, girls and boys were equally likely to have done so. There was also no difference in access by those who lived in the six State capital cities in comparison with those who lived in other areas.

Data for this article were sourced from the Children’s Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities Survey conducted in April 2000. The remainder of the publication presents data from the quarterly Population Survey Monitor about the extent of computer and Internet access in Australian households. It also presents a profile of adult users at home, work and other locations.



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