55% of 3-5 year olds play video games before knowing how to tie their laces!

55% of 3-5 year olds play video games before knowing how to tie their laces!



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More and more children are learning to use a computer, surfing a smartphone before learning to swim or knowing how to tie their laces. This is revealed by an international survey conducted by the AVG antivirus publisher.

Digital learning takes precedence over key stages of children's development

  • Surfing the web or using a smartphone are learnings that children master earlier and earlier. Even before decisive phases of their development such as learning to swim or bike without wheels!
  • An international phenomenon to which France is no exception, as revealed by the figures of the AVG study interviewing 6,000 mothers in 10 countries on the use of their children's internet and digital devices.
  • In France, 8% of children between the ages of 3 and 5 know how to tie their shoes, 13% of them swim independently and only 26% know the address of their house. Yet, they are 63% of the same age group to know how to play with a video game and 29% to navigate on a smartphone!

A digital existence before birth!

  • Children between 3 and 5 years old are more and more advanced in the digital domain because it's part of their everyday environment. Today in France, 59% of homes are equipped with at least three connected devices. Mobile devices are more and more present in children's lives. In four years, the number of children knowing how to use an application on a tablet or smartphone has increased by 38%.
  • But the important parameter to note is that these children have often received from their parents a digital imprint even before learning to walk or talk ... Their relationship to digital often exists before birth!
  • 68% of French mothers surveyed admit to having posted photos of their child before his first birthday and 18% during their pregnancy.
  • 82% of parents do not resist "sharenting", that is to say sharing on the web information about the progress of their children.
  • A phenomenon that raises the question of protecting the privacy of the child.

Frédérique Odasso

(News of 3/02/14)