Most children buy a mobile phone at the age of 7, research reports
This shows that devices have become a fundamental part of life for most young people. Many people admit that they are afraid to live without their phones and if they are not in bed while sleeping, they cannot sleep properly.
Overall, children spend about three hours and 20 minutes every day messaging, playing games and getting online, according to a report by the Children’s Week.
While mobile phones are mostly used by young people to access the Internet, the findings suggest that phones can “dominate the lives of children” to that extent.
The survey, based on a UK survey of 2,167 people aged 5 to 16, reviewed and reported that 53% of young people started using mobile phones by the age of seven.
The report revealed that up to the age of 11, 90% of young people had their own mobile device.
39% of those surveyed said they could not live without their phone, up from 33% last year. The report found that teenagers between the ages of 15 and 16 are worried about staying without their phones.
57% of the children surveyed said that they always sleep with their phones on their beds, while the same proportion admitted that they do not know what they will do if they lose their mobile, and 44% said they would feel hurt if they existed without a phone signal.
Childways Research Director Simon Leggett said, “When a child buys a mobile phone, it can be a challenge to monitor what your child is accessing online because it is a device that Content can be easily accessed.