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Children switch from mobile phones to tablets

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Image caption Youngsters are giving up mobiles and turning to tablets

The number of children owning mobile phones has fallen for the first time, according to figures from the regulator, Ofcom.

43% of youngsters aged five to fifteen now own a mobile, compared to 49% in 2012.

Does this mean children are playing outside more, or huddling around monopoly boards?

No. Instead of using mobiles, they are turning to tablet computers.

Ofcom said that tablets have become " a must have device" for children of all ages.

26% of children between the ages of twelve and fifteen now own a tablet, up from just 7% in 2012.

The statistics also suggest that the next generation is getting tech savvy not long after getting out of nappies: 28% of infants between the ages of three and four now use a tablet computer at home.

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