Children in the new media age 新媒体时代的儿童

更新时间 2012年 11月 2日, 星期五 - 格林尼治标准时间15:29
Children watching TV

Children used to spend hours daily in front of TV to get entertainment.

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电视长期以来在儿童娱乐形式中一直占最重要的地位。可是根据一项新的调查,至少在英国,孩子们正在花更多的时间上网和发短信。请听BBC科技事务记者Mark Gregory发回的报道:

The television set in the living room used to rule the entertainment choices of generations of British children. But that's no longer the case, at least not according to the latest annual survey of young people's media habits, carried out by the British media regulator, Ofcom.

The survey found that 12 to 15 year-olds spent equal amounts of time watching TV and going online - 17 hours a week on average for each medium. And asked which media device they most valued, teenagers rated their mobile phone above the family TV set. Smartphone ownership among teenagers was found to have doubled in just 12 months.

The survey paints a picture of an increasingly tech-savvy younger generation, with even very young children confident about, and familiar with, a wide variety of digital devices. The survey says the take up of digital technologies is faster among teenagers than the general population.

It also comments on the popularity of text messaging, especially among girls. Teenage girls typically send thirty or more text messages a day, 35 per cent more than boys do. Ofcom says the findings highlight the challenges parents face in keeping up with children's use of technology in order to protect them.

Quiz 听力测验

Are children under 10 using the internet much?

No, younger children still watch TV more than surfing the web.

What is the most valued device of children aged 12-15?

Their mobile phone.

True or False: Girls text more than boys.

True, girls were typically sending 35% more texts than boys.

What is the challenge facing parents?

Parents now have to keep up with the technology in order to protect their children.

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