Survey says: For kids today, there's nothing quite as cool as watching videos on their phones. Half of kids in the U.S. own smartphones by age 11, and phone use is on the rise for kids as young as 8. A new Common Sense original report reveals that kids age 8 and older prefer watching online videos more than most other forms of entertainment. For families, this signals a shift from four years ago, when network TV and streaming services far outpaced other platforms.
The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, 2019 is a big-picture look at how young people in the U.S. find entertainment and use devices. Beyond screen time, the report explores other critical challenges for families managing media use, from internet access for homework to unregulated, unrated online videos.