Today, more than half of two-year olds (57%) have started to use the internet.
A quarter (26%) of two-year olds use the internet daily.
This is a completely new situation and completely different compared to when the internet was introduced and quickly spread to the population during the end of the 1990s. Then it was officials who were used to working with computers and young well-educated men who first took an interest in the new communication technology. The internet at that time was not for pre-school children and not for school children. It was among the young adolescents in families who got the internet that we found the youngest users. It was also at this time not until the 14-15 year-olds that more than half of an age group was starting to get familiar with the internet.
After the millennium, interest started spreading down through the ages and young people were sometimes more proficient at using the internet than their parents who were also beginners in using the internet. But as the young parents became more knowledgeable, at the same time as beginners were getting younger, the role for parents changed. They are now a driving force for children’s internet use up to ten years of age.