Kids are engaging with digital devices at younger and younger ages.
Let's take a look at the devices kids are using. This can be very helpful information for churches and ministries that are seeking to reach and disciple kids and families through the devices they are using.
TV still rules.
TV is still the most common device for kids ages 6 to 12 to watch their favorite shows.
Plus, we have to factor in the advancement of TV's with smart and interactive features. Large screen TV's continue to grow in size and are as relevant as they've ever been. On top of that, you have the streaming content industry that is getting families to turn on their TV.
Smartphones are the second most commonly used device for kids.
Nearly half of kids use tablets daily. But the usage of tablets has been declining in recent years.
Gaming consoles remain extremely popular with tween boys.
Talking instead of typing.
Typing is being replaced by voice-activated devices. Smart speakers in households is growing daily.
Here's a daily overview of what kids are doing with their smartphones:
Kids 6-to-8 years old:
Playing games - 47%
Watching videos - 45%
Talking - 42%
Texting - 40%
Watching TV - 31%
Watching movies - 25%
Tweens 9-to-12 years old:
Playing games - 56%
Watching videos - 55%
Talking - 49%
Texting - 56%
Watching TV - 32%
Watching movies - 27%
Where are we headed? Device usage among kids will continue to be mixed. Portable entertainment that can be used anywhere at anytime will continue to grow with kids and parents.
Traditional gaming that ties down kids to their homes will continue to lose traction as portable gaming continues to gain momentum.
Here is a visual graphic that shows the percentage of daily device usage by kids.
These stats remind me of the great opportunity we have to impact the next generation through these devices. They can be great tools to share the Gospel with kids and families. We need creative and visionary leaders to grasp this opportunity and create content for this purpose. Will you be that person?