Indian kids getting tech savvy
Large percentage of kids use mobiles, 80 % describe education & information as 'very important'.india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 12:31 IST
Indian children are increasingly getting tech savvy, with 40 per cent using computers and mobiles, 74 per cent of them aspiring to own camera phones and 80 per cent describing education and information as "very important."
According to the findings of a new kids lifestyle study - New Generations 2005 carried out across 14 cities of India and commissioned by Cartoon Network, mobile phones along with cameras rank highest in the list of 'gadgets of desire' among children followed by sophisticated gadgets like X Box, Apple iPod and Sony Playstation which indicate an increasing level of tech-savviness.
In fact, 74 per cent of the children in the age-group of 7-14 years said they would like to own mobile phones with camera, while 45 per cent expressed their desire for X Box, 43 per cent for Apple iPod and 33 per cent for Sony Playstation.
About 40 per cent of the children surveyed in the study were seen to be using computers and one in six of these also surf the Internet. That children today are aware of the need for obtaining education and information was highlighted by the survey which revealed that for 80 per cent of kids across India, achieving the top rank is important even of it meant spending more of their free time for study. This despite most nkids surveyed feeling that studying took up most of their time.
• 32% of kids found playing games to be their favourite Internet activity
• 14% liked chat rooms
• 58% of computer using children surf from their schools; figure was highest for
• Bangalore was an exception where 64% kids surf from cyber cafes