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Research on children’s mobile usage by security company BullGuard, has found that 70% of children in the UK have mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, by the age of 10. The nationwide survey of 2,000 parents


revealed that the most popular age for children to receive their fi rst mobile device is 10 years (16%), though the UK average is eight years, and it’s not unknown for even three year olds to have mobiles (2%). Most parents, (42%), said they give their


children mobile devices so they can easily stay in touch with them. But 37% said it helps them with their homework, while 31% bowed to peer pressure and said they didn’t want their children to feel left out. A quarter also said they did so because it keeps the kids quiet. The majority of parents across all


children’s age ranges, 44%, cite stranger danger as the thing they most worry about when the kids are cruising the internet. Almost 60% of children between the age


of seven and 10 have Facebook accounts. The minimum age for Facebook users is 13. Almost half (46%) of parents with


children aged between 11 and 14 said online stranger danger was their biggest concern, and 41% of parents with children aged between seven and 10 cited the same reason. More than a third of parents with


children under the age of 10 said they feel


like they don’t talk to their children enough about online dangers while almost 30% with children aged between 11 and 14 said the same. Cam Le, CMO at BullGuard, said: “These


fi ndings provide a snapshot of how the nation’s parents and children are handling the surge in mobile technologies. The survey reveals that most children are using smart mobile devices before the age of 10. Parents are clearly well intentioned and are


providing their children with devices for the best motives. “However, there are clear concerns,


for example, anxieties about children being approached online by strangers. This isn’t helped by what are clearly large numbers of children between the age of seven and 10 having Facebook accounts when it’s well known that predators use social networking sites to seek out vulnerable children.”


“These fi ndings provide a snapshot of how the nation’s parents and children are handling the surge in mobile technologies”


UK HAVE MOBILE DEVICES BY THE AGE OF


70% 10


OF CHILDREN IN THE


3 YEAR OLDS


OF


HAVE ACCESS TO A MOBILE PHONE


2%


OF CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGE OF 60% 7 AND 10 HAVE FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS


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