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Kids and mobiles: how Australian children are using mobile phones

Updated with data for the 12 months to June 2020, our latest Kids and mobiles interactive report looks at use and ownership of mobile phones by Australian children aged 6 to 13 since 2015.

Trends in kids’ mobile phone use

In 2020, just under half (46%) of Australian children aged 6 to 13 used a mobile phone, up from 41% in 2015.

Figure 1: Children aged 6 to 13 who have used a mobile phone, June 2015 to June 2020 (%)

Figure 1: Children aged 6 to 13 who have used a mobile phone, June 2015 to June 2020 (%)

Base: Australians aged 6 to 13, in the 12 months to June. Total sample sizes for each research subset are provided in Table 2 in the methodology.
Source: Roy Morgan Young Australians Survey

Owning a mobile phone

In the 12 months to June 2020, 1 in 3 children (33%) aged 6 to 13 owned the mobile phone they use, unchanged for the last few years.

Figure 2: Mobile phone ownership among children aged 6 to 13, June 2020 (%)

Figure 2: Mobile phone ownership among children aged 6 to 13, June 2020 (%)

Base: Australians aged 6 to 13, in the 12 months to June 2020. Total sample size is provided in Table 2 in the methodology.
Source: Roy Morgan Young Australians Survey

How kids use phones

Playing games, taking photos/videos and using apps were the most common activities on a mobile phone by kids in the 12 months to June 2020. Using the mobile to communicate via text messages and calling a parent/family were also common.

Over the 3 years from June 2018 to June 2020, more children used their mobile phone to communicate with family and friends.

Figure 3: Top 10 mobile phone usages in the last 4 weeks among children aged 6 to 13, June 2015 to June 2020 (%)

Figure 3: Top 10 mobile phone usages in the last 4 weeks among children aged 6 to 13, June 2015 to June 2020 (%)

Base: Australians aged 6 to 13 who used a mobile phone, in the 12 months to June. Total sample sizes for each research subset are provided in Table 6 in the methodology.
Source: Roy Morgan Young Australians Survey.

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