Nearly half of Australian kids aged six to 13 own or have access to a mobile phone, a survey has found.
A Roy Morgan analysis found 32 per cent of six to 13 year olds owned a mobile in 2018, with another 16 per cent having access to one.
The analysis, commissioned by Australia’s communications watchdog found half of girls had mobile access, while the figure among boys was 46 per cent.
Australian Communications and Media Authority chair Nerida O’Loughlin said the figures showed Australian kids were becoming increasingly digital.
“Australia is becoming a more connected society and that trend is being driven by an increase in mobile devices, even amongst our children,” Ms O’Loughlin said.
As kids got older, they tended to get more access to a phone, with 80 per cent of children in the 12 to 13 age bracket being mobile phone users.
The number has grown from 41 per cent of children having access in 2013 to 48 per cent in 2018.
The number one reason children used mobiles was to play games, followed by taking photos, using apps or calling their parents or family.
Children in NSW and the ACT had the highest access, with kids in Queensland the lowest.