As per McAfee's report released recently, tweens (8-12 years) are online for approximately two hours a day and 45 per cent of online tweens surf the internet post-8 pm. The recent report, called Tweens & Technology Report 2013, reveals a few shocking trends in the internet consumption habits of kids in the age group of 8-12 years.
McAfee's Tweens & Technology Report 2013 is based on a survey conducted across Indian online tweens comprising 572 male and 428 female respondents from Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Delhi.
One of the findings suggest that despite there being an age limit on Facebook (13 years), about 70 per cent of the tweens are registered on the social networking sites. In addition, 79 per cent of Delhi tweens use Facebook. While Facebook is the most popular networking site amongst tweens (70 per cent), Skype (44 per cent) and Twitter (27 per cent) follow.
About 36 per cent of online tweens have chatted or conversed with strangers (people they didn't know before). One in three tweens would miss the internet and their phone if it was missing for a day.
While desktop is preferred mainly for home work, tablets are dominant when it comes to exchanging pictures and playing games. In terms of gaming, about 22 per cent tweens spend 2-4 hours every day on Xbox. Nine out of 10 tweens use mobile phones and tablets to play games.
While parental guidance plays an important role, many kids are exposed to the internet without much guidance. Nonetheless, in terms of Facebook, 89 per cent parents are friends with their children on FB.
Read the entire report below: