The Portuguese Regulatory Authority for the Media (ERC) has issued in February a report on the use of electronic media by children in Portugal entitled “Growing up between screens: use of electronic devices by children”.
The study seeks to understand how pre-schools and primary age children use electronic media at home and elsewhere. It identifies the electronic devices (televisions, computers, consoles, mobile phones, tablets) which children of these ages use, their means of media access, how parents monitor children's media use and their main concerns about it.
The report is built on two components: the first part is based on a national survey carried out in 656 homes, which included a questionnaire for the parents of children aged from 3 to 8 and another for those aged from 6 to 8; the second part is constituted by interviews and observations in the homes of 20 families with different profiles.
The objective of the study is to help parents, family members, educators, public policy and decision-makers to monitor the relationship between children and the media in a more knowledgeable way.
The main conclusions arising from the report are the following:
This report represents the 3rd publication of the ERC’s project called “Publics and Media Consumption”. The two previous issues were on News consumption in Portugal (2016) and Publics and Media Consumption (2015).