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clrmoney
clrmoney
11/16/2016 10:50:01 AM
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Kids with Online Video
Kids going into the online video well is okay because the video world is rising and the computer technology keep advancing so this may be a positive outcome for them.

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Ariella
Ariella
11/16/2016 11:37:19 AM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
< 33% of eight- to 11-year-olds have a smartphone, and 80% of 12- to 15-year-olds.> @Adi, so my kids claim about the way things are here. And of course, once the trend starts, kids argue that it becomes a necessity as part of the crowd to have what "everyone" else has. I still think it's absurd and that don't really like the way kids usually don't even talk to each other on the phones b/c they live in a world of chat communication.

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Adi
Adi
11/17/2016 8:22:11 AM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
Yes, the "but everyone else has it" argument. Can't say I never pulled that one as a kid, though obviously smartphones weren't an option. I suppose every generation has it's own new technologies, and there's concerns about children's development. But its hard to see how face-to-face human interaction can avoid becoming less engaged as multitasking with smartphones and apps becomes normal even when people are with friends.

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Ariella
Ariella
11/17/2016 8:38:17 AM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
@Adi Indeed, I recently heard a speaker give a talk on the topic, and she delivered the same talk, somewhat modified to fit the audience in the college where I have kids enrolled. For both she remarked on seeing families out together in restaurants when every single one of them is looking at his/her device rather than at each other. One also sees that kind of things with couples and friends walking togehter. Her message was you should be "in the moment" and mindful of what you are doing and with whom right now.

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faryl
faryl
11/30/2016 5:33:20 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
I can see how phones for kids become a practical necessity - for coordinating rides, checking in, etc.  - but I think it's odd not to set the same types of boundaries we had as kids for landline and TV usage.

No calls (or texting) or watching TV during dinner, homework first, lights out at a certain time - they all seem to be ways to benefit from current technology without it interfering with quality family time.

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dcawrey
dcawrey
11/16/2016 12:34:50 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
I'm actually surprised to read three and four year olds are spending so much time online.

Yet this is the way things are now. Less time will be spent in front of the television and more on devices. I hope this is a good thing, and that children are learning useful thing that maybe TV doesn't provide. 

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vnewman
vnewman
11/16/2016 1:10:33 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
It makes sense in that kids are all about immediate gratification right?  YouTube is always on and you can find pretty much anything you are looking for overall.  There are tons of options to choose from and since kids are not so choosy to begin with, those kids of videos do the trick.  It will surely shape their consumption needs in the future - I guess how remains to be seen...

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vnewman
vnewman
11/16/2016 1:12:58 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
Does anyone know of a comparable US study?  I think those numbers would be interesting to see...

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Ariella
Ariella
11/16/2016 4:11:03 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
@vnewman I agree. I found something from 2013 that said that UK kids are more bigger smartphone users than their US counterparts https://www.emarketer.com/Article/UK-Teens-Far-Outshine-US-Counterparts-Smartphone-Usage/1009837 But those numbers may have changed over the past 3 years.

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vnewman
vnewman
11/18/2016 1:32:59 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
@Ariella - thanks so much for shaing.  That truly surprises me!  I wonder what the contributing factors could be.  There's clearly a cultural phenonmenon at work - I just can't put my finger on what it could be outside of a percentage of US parents holding out because of the touted dangers of smartphones and the UK has a more liberal attitude about it?

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Ariella
Ariella
11/18/2016 2:02:05 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
@vnewman good question! It would be interesting to also get feedback on why parents did or did not agree to get children smartphones, as well as at what age they think it is a necessity, and if they gave in to their chidlren's experssions of peer pressure or not.

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Adi
Adi
11/17/2016 8:15:47 AM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
Yes, I think the on-demand nature of OTT is a powerful driver, and maybe more so for children. Many are growing up without the concept of broadcast schedules, and having to wait for a show to go on-air.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
11/21/2016 4:12:38 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
And, more important, how did Ofcom research children that young? Obviously the kids in Britain must be more advanced than they are here. Aren't kids still in diapers at that age, and over there they're watching videos on the Internet? And children around 5 with their own Internet devices and laptops. I was lucky to have Colorforms at these ages. My, how the world has changed! This research was eye-opening in more ways than one for me!!

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Ariella
Ariella
11/22/2016 2:54:26 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
@srufolo1 Kids woudl be better off playing with Colorforms at that age now. In general, pediatricians recommend a cap on screen time -- including all devices-- for young children and no screen time for babies under two. Yet parents just stick them in front of the television for hours on end to not have to deal with them. My daughter babysits for a kid who still doesn't talk or even make the standard babbling noises at 20 months. He is regularly planted in front of the TV. Though he does get speech therapy, that hour or two a week cannot make up for so many hours of passivity with no direct human interaction to encourage and motivate speech.

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faryl
faryl
11/30/2016 5:34:48 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
I know this is dumb, but British kids always sound smarter to me because of their accents =)

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dlr5288
dlr5288
12/31/2016 3:00:00 PM
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Re: Kids with Online Video
I thought I was the only one that thought that! And it's so weird but it's true! Sometimes they sound smarter because of the accents

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freehe
freehe
11/19/2016 9:02:16 PM
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UK Kids Watching TV
I think it is sad that 3 and 4 year old spend that much time watching tv. The first 5 years are the most formative as far as learning and development and if even 10% of that time is spent watching television that reduces the amount of learning and development that could occur.

Kids have plenty of time to learn about distractions, more time should be focused on education and learning.

 

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Adi
Adi
11/16/2016 11:35:18 AM
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The new comms
Video will likely develop into the communication method of choice for some. Live streaming in particular is likely to grow sharply within this demographic in coming years, with facebook pushing it aggressively now. So you have to expect more video consumption. And there's going to be more multitasking, so we might have someone live streaming their watching TV -- that's going to give the TV measurement companies a headache. 

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afwriter
afwriter
11/16/2016 12:34:07 PM
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Annecdote
My 6-year-old does not have a smartphone or tablet, but she knows how to work the Roku and will watch Shopkins unboxing videos on Youtube all day if she is not regulated.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
11/23/2016 7:51:30 AM
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Netflix
I definitely agree with this. Kids use electronic devices becuase their parents use them and they are available. My 4-year-old is capable of using both tablets we have in the house. And he's never really watchied a show on regular cable television (except when we've been on vacation.) This means he doesn't know what channel anything is on, but he can tell you if the show he wants to watch is on Netflix or Amazon in a heart beat.                                                                                                                         

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vnewman
vnewman
11/23/2016 12:40:51 PM
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Re: Netflix
I feel like a little TV or Internet isn't going to kill anyone - everything in moderation.  I went to college with a girl who never watched any TV at all - ever.  She regularly failed to "get" a lot of cultural references people made.  I don't think that's good either.  

I also recently met a family whose 3 year-old son spoke volumes and sounded like an adult.  I asked how they did it - they told me he watched an obscene amount of TV, but all "educational shows."  I think every individual is different...especially at that young age.  

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srufolo1
srufolo1
11/23/2016 6:11:50 PM
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Re: Netflix
@vnewman Moderation, I guess, is key. There's no way of preventing what technology has created. These children are living in a different world. Again, everyone staring down at mobile phones and not interacting in the real world is impersonal and cold. The other day in the store there was a mother and teen-age daughter walking together. Both were staring down at their phones and texting, and they practically bumped right into me. I guess it's to the point where now the children and their parents both grew up with computers, laptops and mobile phones. 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
11/30/2016 1:36:42 PM
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Re: Netflix
@srufolio1:

That is so sad. I witness similar scenes every where - commuter buses, trains, restaurants. The other day I was in a restuarant for lunch where I noticed another family sitting at the table and all were using their smart phones while waiting for food to arraive. It is pretty sad that we are missing all interaction except e-interaction. It is very critical to have that human element to be part of the intercation.

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faryl
faryl
11/30/2016 5:30:19 PM
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Re: Netflix
I agree that moderation is key.

As you mentioned with the precocious child...content matters too.

No one has issues with kids reading books, but call it "screen time" and kindle use gets clumped in with playing pokeman.  If kids are watching videos that help educate and enhance their understanding of the world, I don't think that's any worse than reading a book.

I'd rather a kid spend time using some multi-media, interactive way of learning online instead of having them passively stare at a tv.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
11/30/2016 1:40:13 PM
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Re: Netflix
I personally am no big fan of using my phone extensively for texting, data, streaming etc. My teenage boy is not happy that his mom is not texting left and right. I try to explain him the moderation factor and hoping that he will get it some time. 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
11/30/2016 1:51:20 PM
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Encouraging Trend
The study also found that approximately two-thirds of parents of 12- to 15-year-olds believe their child has a "good balance" between digital and other activities.


This is very encouraging trend. But this may chnage per season. If the weather is outdoor weather kids tend to ditch gadgets and opt towards outdoor activities more.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
11/30/2016 1:57:50 PM
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Reading
It's also worth noting that reading hasn't died out entirely: Another study from Ofcom found that reading is still a popular activity among primary school children, rating higher than instant messaging, watching music videos and online video clips. The study found that about 20% of children between six and 11 read in the evenings.


It is really nice to see the trend with reading. But unfortunately I noticed that this trend may decline as kids grow little older. Especially teenage is when they start inclining towards gadgets. Peer pressure could be one key reason. Atleast it was for my teenager. 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
11/30/2016 9:22:20 PM
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Re: Reading
Yes, true, to me that was the one bright spot of the survey and I was heartened to see that reading is still a pasttime of children. Wonder if they're reading print books or on a Kindle. Guess it doesn't matter. But I hope it's not because teachers are requiring them to do so. I hope it's because they genuinely like reading!

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dlr5288
dlr5288
12/31/2016 4:42:39 PM
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Re: Reading
It is very interesting how kids are more into their phones than television. But I can see why. I sometimes just use tv as background noise and just focus on my phone.

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