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4901.0 - Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia, Apr 2012 Quality Declaration 
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INTERNET AND MOBILE PHONES


The majority (90%) of children aged 5 to 14 years accessed the Internet in the 12 months to April 2012. This proportion has steadily increased from 65% in 2006 and 79% in 2009. (Table 1)

Generally, the proportion of children who accessed the internet increased with age, with 79% of children 5 to 8 years having accessed the internet, 96% of 9 to 11 year olds and 98% of 12 to 14 year olds. The difference in the participation rates was not statistically significant between children living in major cities (91%) and remote and very remote areas of Australia (88%). A similar number of children accessed the internet at home (2.3 million) and at school (2.2 million). (Tables 18 and 19)

Of the 2.3 million children who accessed the internet at home, 90% (2 million children) used the internet for educational activities, which was the most popular purpose. (Table 19)

In April 2012, 818,500 children aged 5 to 14 years (29%) had a mobile phone. The proportion of females with mobile phones (31%) was higher than males (28%), and the likelihood of having a mobile phone increased with age, with 2% of children aged between 5 and 8 years having one, increasing to 22% of 9 to 11 year olds and 73% of 12 to 14 year olds. A higher proportion of children born overseas had a mobile phone (35%) compared with those born in Australia (29%), and a higher proportion of children from one-parent families had a mobile phone (35%) compared with those in couple families (28%). (Tables 1 and 18)


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