More Australian children than ever are using the internet and playing computer games, a new Bureau of Statistics survey shows, with 90 per cent of kids aged 5 to 14 now accessing the web — double what it was a decade ago.
And three-quarters of the nation's 12 to 14-year-olds now have a mobile phone, the report shows.
The bureau released its Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities report on Wednesday morning.
It found that 90 per cent of children had accessed the internet this year, up from 79 per cent in 2009, 65 per cent in 2006 and just 47 per cent in 2000.
The study also looked at what sporting and cultural activities kids get up to in their spare time — and the trend is not good for cricket, which in 2006 made up just over 10 per cent of children's sporting activity. By this year, it had fallen to 8.6 per cent.
While cricket participation fell, both soccer and Australian football recorded increases in children's participation: almost 22 per cent of children now play soccer, compared to just under 20 per cent six years ago.
And 15 per cent of kids play Australian football, compared to 14 per cent in 2006. The number of children swimming remained unchanged, with 16.5 per cent saying they had been swimming this year.
The most popular cultural activity among girls was dancing with more than a quarter participating, while for boys it was playing a musical instrument with one in six (or 16 per cent) doing so.
The Bureau of Statistics' David Taylor said that nearly one-third of children owned a mobile phone, but that the older a child was the more likely they were to have one. "Nearly three quarters of 12 to 14-year-olds have [a mobile phone]," Mr Taylor said.
On average, children spent 15 hours watching television outside of school hours in the last two school weeks prior to the survey period.