Cartoon Network UK conducted a research study about male children in the UK co-inciding with the premiere of the Ben 10 reboot, the survey had a sample size of 1,200 boys across the country; The Sun reports.
According to the survey, boys read an average of 42 books a year (almost one book every week), play outside for two hours every day and get told off by their parents 161 times a year (or three times a week) but also get praised by parents 154 times a year, they have an average of ten friends and their favourite colour is usually blue. Boys usually gets up at 6.55am and go to bed at 8.38pm, spends 16 hours playing sports and 29 days a year playing computer games.
Boys spend on average one hour everyday watching television, spend 22 days, 12 hours a year on smartphones and tablets. Football, bike riding, swimming and trampolining (in descending order) are the most popular physical activities among boys.
Sean Gorman, Director of UK Kids Channels at Turner EMEA explained that the British kids do have a few things in common with Ben Tennyson (the main protagonist in Ben 10) enjoying their free time and other social activities, but the survey has surfaced some surprising statistics, especially in the amount of time boys spend reading books and doing their homework (average of 1 hour and 47 minutes everyday):
“This insight into how boys spend their time is a real eye opener – particularly their keen interest in books and dedication to homework. Like Ben Tennyson, the superhero in Ben 10, British boys have active lives, going to parties, spending time with their friends and riding their bikes outside. It’s no wonder they wear holes into so many of their clothes – their parents must be exhausted trying to keep up with their comings and goings.”
Cartoon Network UK Imagination Studios Survey 2016
Before the relaunch of thr Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios competition, Cartoon Network UK conducted a survey to find out more about the country’s children (as well as their parents and schoolteachers). To summerise, children still find the simple things in life important, 66% of children prefer kindness rather than being popular and humour is the main expectation of their imaginary characters and their friends in real life. Also according to the survey, 53% of kids prefer cleverness over coolness and 63% went for funny over friendly. The study also states that 63% of kids prefer to draw than write and the majority would start by designing the appearance of their characters, they place a greater emphasis on characters being good-natured; 33% of kids overall said they would choose to create a character in animal form.
According to the survey, more than 50% of parents and teachers agree that animation helps to develop children’s creativity and humour. The number of working parents is currently at a 20-year high, but despite this they’re aware about their children’s likes and dislikes.
The 2016 Cartoon Network Imagination Studios competition is now open for all 6 to 12 years olds and schools in the UK, visit the newly revamped Cartoon Network Imagination Studios microsite to learn more about how cartoons are made and enter the competition to submit your character drawing, storyboard or short animated film for your chance to see your creation on Cartoon Network.
A nationwide survey of 6-12 year olds, their parents and teachers has revealed that kids have a positive view of the world and seek out laughter more than anything else. Launched alongside the return of cartoon-making competition Imagination Studios, the study also found that, whilst 63% of kids prefer to draw over write and the majority would start by designing how their character looks, they place a greater emphasis on characters being “good”; a trend that carries over to the expectations they have for their friends.
When asked which traits they would choose for their own original character, 66% of kids opted for kind over popular, 53% chose clever over cool and 63% went for funny over friendly. Humour also came out as the attribute kids considered most important for their character to be and the number one thing they like best about their friends. Added to this, the study showed that children from an early age recognise the positive qualities in their friends: they like their friends to be funny, friendly and kind; they don’t want naughty friends.
The findings also reaffirmed children’s strong affinity with animals across both the real and animated worlds – following a recent Sky Kids survey that named Scooby-Doo and Tom & Jerry (renowned for their family-friendly, slapstick humour) as the top kids’ TV shows of all time. 33% of kids overall said they would choose to create a character in animal form, led by girls with 48%, and Vet was the #2 job choice for kids overall; the #1 choice for girls.
Perhaps reflective of one of the most recent major shifts in the UK national curriculum, Computer Game Designer came out as the #1 job for kids overall and was also the job more parents would choose for their child, over Doctor/Nurse or Lawyer. The results also showed how in tune today’s parents are with their kids’ creative and everyday life preferences – bolstered by research that shows parents are watching TV with their kids as much as than ever.
Dr Sam Wass, expert child psychologist and academic at the University of East London and the University of Cambridge commented:
“This research shows that, in an era of ever increasing sophistication and complication, kids still value the simple things in life like kindness and humour. Even with developments in technology and the evolution of cartoons, they have retained the simplicity and relatability that kids and their parents love. This new opportunity for children to engage in their own creative play, by creating drawings of their own family, or of real-life situations that they have encountered, is a wonderful way to encourage children to draw links between the imaginary and the real world.”
Launched for the first time last year, Cartoon Network Imagination Studios offers kids a unique insight into how some of their favourite cartoons are created and offers them an opportunity to enter their own creations and win the chance to see their work animated and shown on air!