More children under age five are using video chat services than ever before, according to a study released Wednesday, and they’re all using them for fun.
The Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) found that in the first three months of this year, the number of children using video chats increased by 23 percent, with an average age of 13.6.
In the same period last year, CHIP saw an average of only 9.3 children using their service.
While the study does not address the role that video chat can play in children’s lives, the report comes amid increased public scrutiny of video chat, which is often used to discuss things like sports and school, as well as to connect with other families.CHIP researchers interviewed over 1,200 children and families from around the country, as part of their effort to track trends and to determine what can be done to make the use of video chats more acceptable.
The study found that parents who use video chat regularly, even when they aren’t looking for a chat partner, are more likely to have their children chat more than those who use it less.
Children who use a video chat for a variety of reasons are more than four times as likely as those who don’t use a chat to discuss family or school matters, the study found.
The findings came after a petition signed by over 100,000 people in July asking for CHIP to take action against chat providers.
In addition to the CHIP study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported an increase in children using virtual chats, which can range from being friends to having children who meet online.
The report also noted that nearly 1 in 4 children aged 5-19 are on social media, which includes video chat.
According to the study, children ages 5-11 are more inclined to use video chats because they’re less likely to talk about anything else in real life.
The study noted that video chats are also a popular way to talk with family and friends about other important matters.
In general, parents are more concerned about what’s going on in their own lives, such as their grades and academic progress, and more likely than others to say that they use a virtual chat to talk to friends.
But in a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in February, more than 70 percent of parents said they use video chatting for other reasons, such, entertainment, family and socializing.
According the report, while many parents don’t want their children to use virtual chats at home, they often want them to be able to discuss matters like grades and test scores, which they believe are important to their children.
“Parents often have more questions about what is appropriate for their child to be talking about in a virtual environment,” the study said.
“Parents want their kids to be free to discuss the things they are interested in without being subject to the pressures of a video game or other form of media.”
But while the report noted that parents are still concerned about their children’s use of chat services, it also noted the fact that these services are often used for entertainment.
“Children often play games and interact with other children on video chat because these activities are more fun for them,” the report said.
But the report also stressed that the vast majority of the parents surveyed said that they were very supportive of using video chatting.
“Some parents also believe that video chatting has positive social and emotional benefits for their children,” the researchers said.