Aussie kids are still spending almost half of their spare time watching TV, on the internet or playing video games, a new survey shows.
About 2.4 hours of their day is spent glued to the television, according to the Cartoon Network's annual New Generations Poll, with the figure largely unchanged from last year, a spokesperson said.
The survey of 1600 children and 1600 parents also found children are spending less time playing sport and on outdoor activities, which has dropped by 15 per cent since last year. That's despite 67 per cent of children aged between four and 14 saying that they regularly play sport.
Instead, they're spending more time indoors reading books and doing homework (up 16 per cent) or playing with toys (up 27 per cent).
Cartoon Network researcher Peter Hammer said that the figures reflected the changing nature of households as newer technologies infiltrate the average home.
"Aussie kids are tech savvy and show strong media awareness," he said.
"In 2011, it is all about 'screen time' ... tablet ownership has shot up 181 per cent in one year and mobile use, whether owned or borrowed, is up 77 per cent.
"And, in technological tradition, TV remains the ultimate king of the screen."
83 per cent of respondents aged between four and 14 said they used the internet every week, with the most time spent playing online games (38 per cent) and doing homework (20 per cent). Social networking accounted for 14 per cent of internet usage.
But 60 per cent of parents said that they limit the amount of time their children spend on the internet, with only 8 per cent saying that their children use the internet without parental controls.
The research also shows that kids aged between four and 14 earn an average of $499 per year from pocket money (65 per cent), cash gifts (35 per cent) and doing work outside the home (5 per cent).
Food and drink, toys and clothing are the top things on which children spend their money.
Source: New Generations 2011: The Changing World of Kids (Cartoon Network)