15 Mar, 2015

Minecraft, YouTube top kids tech trends in 2015

Kidsscreen | iKids | 2015 | Daniela Fisher

The new 2015 CHILDWISE Monitor Report reflects a changing landscape in kids’ digital media consumption. For starters, more kids now own a tablet than a laptop, and more 11- to 16-year-olds can upload a picture than boil an egg.

According to the annual report, which surveyed kids in the UK ages five to 16,  Minecraft topped the list as the #1 game for boys and girls of all ages, and YouTube ranked as the #1 website.

The report charts YouTube’s meteoric rise in the 11 to 16 demo, showing the video-sharing site has displaced previous topper Facebook among all demos but older girls.

Not only is Facebook losing ground to YouTube, social sites like Instagram and Snapchat are gaining in popularity as the place to keep in touch and share with friends.

Notably, device ownership trends are also changing. Tablet ownership among younger kids doubled this year.

With one-third of five to sevens owning their own tablet, the report found these devices have become the technology of choice – over computers, laptops and even game consoles.