Watching TV and videos ranks highest among ACT children: ABS, Nov 2004

   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All

Watching TV and videos ranks highest among ACT children: ABS

Watching TV and videos was the most popular leisure activity reported by ACT children, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

In new analysis of previously released data the ABS found 99% of ACT children (aged between 5–14 years) surveyed had watched TV and videos in the two weeks prior to the April 2003 survey.

The second most popular leisure activity was reading for pleasure. Over three-quarters (76%) of ACT children surveyed had read for pleasure in the survey period.

ABS Regional Director, Tracy Stewart, said that ACT children were less interested in skateboarding and rollerblading than their national counterparts.

"Not only are these activities in the ACT below the national average, but participation in them has declined since the last survey in 2000. For example, the bike riding participation rate was 63% in 2003 compared with 73% in 2000, and skateboarding or rollerblading, 20% compared with 32% respectively," she said.

Over three-fifths (63%) of ACT children participated in organised sporting activities outside of school hours.

The analysis also showed that ACT children had the highest use of computers but not the Internet. Compared with other states and territories ACT children had the lowest participation rate for accessing the Internet.

The number of children who had accessed the Internet during the two weeks prior to the survey in the ACT was 60% compared with 69% of Tasmanian children and 66% of Western Australian children.

Other highlights in the analysis include:
  • 95% of ACT children used a computer and/or Internet in 2003
  • boys had a higher participation rate in organised sporting activities (65%) than girls (60%) in the ACT.

More detailed analysis can be found in the feature article ACT children's participation in cultural and leisure activities.