Children average 6 hours "screen-time" per day

UK Children are spending increasing amounts of their lives in front of televisions, computers and games consoles, cramming in nearly six hours of screen time a day, according to research from ChildWise.

From the age of seven children are building multimedia hubs in their rooms, with games consoles, Internet access and MP3 players, which they wake up to in the morning and fall asleep to at night, according to the study of five- to 16-year-olds.

The market research agency also reports that children and young teens are more likely to socialise than do homework online. Some 30 per cent say they have a blog and 62 per cent have a profile on a social networking site.

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