Study – 81% of kids aged five to eight have gamed

Sunday, 30 October 2011 22:01 GMT By Brenna Hillier

According to research funded by Common Sense Media, gaming is becoming increasingly mainstream among young children.

In a survey of over 1,300 parenting figures in the US, 51% of children aged between birth and eight were found to have played video games, and over the age of five this percentage rose sharply to 81%.

Of those between five and eight who gamed regularly, 17% played every day, while 36% played once a week.

67% of all children represented by the study had a console in their homes, but even when you vut out family-shared devices, console ownership among kids is significant; 24% of children own a gaming handheld and 29% have an “educational” gaming device.

29% of surveyed families said their children use the PC several times a week, and 52% reported letting their children play with a mobile gaming device lik a smartphone or tablet.

Thanks, Joystiq.