Children's media use in Indonesia

Hendriyani, Ed Hollander, Leen d'Haenens, Johannes W.J. Beentjes

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This article explores how Indonesian children have integrated media into their daily lives: media ownership at home, media uses, and gratifications sought, are discussed, as is the way in which gender and social-status influence the children-media relationship. Survey data of Jakarta-based children aged 9-15 (N=589) reveal that Indonesian children live in a media saturated environment, with high availability of media platforms in their homes and bedrooms. Similar to children in the US and Europe, children in Jakarta spend considerable amounts of time on a wealth of media platforms and experience multiple gratifications from using multiple media. Gender differences persist in that boys tend to be more into gaming, while girls focus more on communication aspects. High social-status children tend to have more media at their disposal in their bedroom, especially electronic games, computers, and Internet connections. Television is still prominent in the media menu of today, but mobile phones are ready to take its place in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-319
Number of pages16
JournalAsian Journal of Communication
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012


  • children
  • Indonesia
  • Internet
  • media use and ownership
  • television
  • uses and gratifications

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