CHILDREN aged 10 years and under, are spending 353 hours a year playing with gadgets at home a new study has found.
On average children are spending almost an hour (58 minutes) a day using technology products in their home.
A survey of 2,000 parents by toy company Leapfrog, found that almost two thirds of children now own a camera, gaming or mobile device – with six per cent of those owning a personal tablet – such as an iPad.
Seventy per cent of children regularly play with their parents' laptop or computer; while 16 per cent of children aged 10 and under, own their own computer.
Nearly a fifth of parents claim their children know more about modern devices than they do and take to them more naturally.
Half of the families polled claim they use technology at home as a means of bringing the family closer together.
Dr Ian Pearson, a futurologist who tracks and predicts developments in technology and society, said: “With technology becoming such an important part of everyday life and gadgets like the iPad dominating popular culture, this research demonstrates the changing attitudes of parents towards emerging technology trends and increased usage by children.
"Over the next 10 years it is likely that we will see learning on tablets in the classroom as commonplace, with Kindles often replacing books and learning gadgets being the materials of choice in the home. Video visors will even be commonly used for learning activities. However, traditional books will still have a place.”
Online safety for children remains a significant concern for parents letting their children play with their computers and gadgets. More than a third (38 per cent) worry that gadgets, such as tablets and Kindles, are not age appropriate and as a result are concerned that their children will access inappropriate content.
Over a quarter of parents (26 per cent) are anxious about online grooming and one in 10 (10 per cent) agonize about their child being subjected to cyber bullying. Though parents may have some valid concerns about their children’s screen time, less than a third (31 per cent) insist that their children’s technology use is supervised at all times.