AOL opens window on world of 10-year-olds

UK 10-year-olds enjoy going online more than playing with their pets, shopping and texting friends according to a new study.

The nationwide survey by AOL of 500 10-year-olds also found that nearly a quarter of those with access to broadband went online every day.

They are more likely to go online at school (80%) than at home (70%), while 73% go online at their friends' houses and 16% use the web in their local library.

Like most of the rest of the population, children's favourite website was Google, which was chosen by 31% of the respondents. Nearly three quarters of 10-year-olds said "Googling" was their favourite activity, followed by using the web for school projects and playing games. Other web activities include emailing friends and using messenger services.

Other popular sites are CBBC (26%) and the Disney Channel (12%.)

Rob Mansfield, spokesman for AOL kids and teens channels, said: "Born in 1995, these children have grown up surrounded by technology and gadgets.

"They clearly appreciate the benefits of the Internet for finding information, staying in touch with friends and family, and having fun, but it's good to see that they want a balance in their lives -- choosing to play outside, take part in sport and visit friends, as well as going online."

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