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Connected kids and teens

Insights into young people’s online activities and experience with digital devices from eSafety’s 2016 Digital Participation Survey.

Being online is an integral part of young people's lives. Teens and kids use a range of devices to go online. There are key differences between the online habits of teens and kids.


Aussie families are digitally connected. 96% have wi-fi access within the home.

The internet plays a major role in young people's lives. 85% of kids (8 to 13) and teens (14 to 17) see the internet as important in their lives.

80% of kids and teens use more than one device to go online. 

Most popular devices

  • Teens: Mobile phones - 78%, Laptops - 76%
  • Kids: Tablets - 71%

Teens spend 74% more time online than kids per week outside of school.

  • Kids - 19 hours
  • Teens - 33 hours

Going online is more than fun and games.

  • Schoolwork - 78%
  • Watch videos, movies or TV online - 73%
  • Research online - 66%
  • Play games - 62%
  • Listen to music - 60%
  • Use social media - 53%

Teens are more social online than kids.

  • 34% of kids and 82% of teens use social media
  • 17% of kids and 40% of teens post content online
  • 26% of kids and 52% of teens use messaging apps

Boys and girls socialise differently online.

  • 48% of boys and 58% of girls use social media
  • 31% of boys and 43% of girls use messaging apps
  • 52% of boys and 26% of girls play interactive multiplayer games

Source: Survey commissioned by eSafety, June 2016. Respondents included 2,278 children aged 8 to 17 years in Australia with access to the internet.

Connected kids and teens

See also:

About the research (2016 survey): Digital participation

More recent findings (2017 survey): Young people connecting online and Youth and digital dangers

Last updated: 11/11/2021