More kids can play computer games than ride bikes

More can use smartphone apps than tie laces

Young children are more likely to be able to play a computer game than ride a bike, says AVG.

Research by the security firm revealed that 70 percent of UK children aged between two and five can play a basic computer game, but just 43 percent can ride a bike.

Furthermore, 19 percent of two- to five-year-olds can use smartphone apps but only nine percent can tie their shoelaces. AVG also said 17 percent of the two to three year olds surveyed can work the mobile phone apps compared to 21 percent of four to five year olds.

A quarter can open a web browser, while 28 percent of boys aged between two and five and 29 percent of girls even know how to make a call on their mobile phone.

"Technology has changed what it means to be a parent raising children today - these children are growing up in an environment that would be unrecognisable to their parents. The smartphone and the computer are increasingly taking the place of the TV as an education and entertainment tool for children," said AVG CEO JR Smith.

"As our research shows, parents need to start educating kids about navigating the online world safely at an earlier age than they might otherwise have thought."

See also: AVG acquires Google Android security firm

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