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Teenagers 'spend more time online'
Children are spending as much time on the internet as they spend watching TV, a survey has found
Young teenagers are for the first time spending as many hours on the internet as they do watching TV, according to research.
Children aged 12 to 15 now dedicate around 17 hours a week to each activity, communications regulator Ofcom revealed, up from about 15 hours online last year.
The research also revealed that over a third (37%) of three to four-year-olds are going online, by using a desktop PC, laptop or netbook.
After the watershed, between 9pm and 10pm, 14% of four to nine-year-olds watch TV on their own.
Almost half (43%) of five to 15-year-olds with access to the internet at home have a social networking profile, rising to 80% of 12 to 15-year-olds.
Children aged between eight and 11 have an average of 92 friends on social networking sites, rising to 286 for 12 to 15-year-olds.
The study also found children are sending more text messages than ever before.
Those aged 12 to 15 send 193 texts every week, up from 91 each week a year ago, compared to the UK average of 50 texts a week.
Eight to 11-year-olds send 41 texts each week, compared to 23 a week sent last year.
Around 9% of 12 to 15-year-olds who use the internet say they have been bullied online in the past year, with girls more likely than boys to say they have been targeted.