Children are getting their first mobile phone at 7 years old?
New research suggests that children now get their first mobile phone at 7 years of age – six years earlier than a decade ago. In 1993, the average age a child would get their first phone was 13 years. So why the huge drop in the age that children are acquiring these high value items?
Children are now being equipped with mobiles while still at primary school, with almost three quarters of parents citing ‘safety reasons’ and ‘peace of mind’ as the reasons for buying their child a phone. Almost half of these parents have opted for a pay monthly contract package rather than a pay-as-you-go option.
Peer pressure seems to play a part – 22% of parents only bought their children mobile phones as their friends or classmates had one.
This study also showed how trends in mobile phones have changed. Adults aged 25-30 mostly seemed to have had a Nokia3310 as their first phone, whereas nowadays children are more likely to request the latest smartphone.
Adam Cable, director of MobilePhoneChecker.co.uk, said: “Despite the argument that parents want to keep their children safe at all times, many may think that seven years old is far too young to own a mobile phone. However, I have seen four-year-olds who can work their parent’s iPhone or iPad perfectly well.”
The protection and safety of children is obviously paramount, and I do believe that mobile phones have their place in the lives of young people. But is 7 just too young for such an item? I believe it is. I don’t believe they need it for their safety – at that age shouldn’t our children be with us, and under our responsibility? Should they be on their own for long enough to warrant the need for a mobile phone? I don’t think so. Teenagers at high school, yes. It is important for their independence and safety.
But at 7 years old I think children should be children. Lets get back to teaching our little ones what fun is. It’s not texting your friends – it’s getting out there and climbing trees with them instead. Right?
Let us know your thoughts. Have you bought or are you thinking of buying your child a phone? How old are they?
I say ‘us’ as I am currently in Spain and (hopefully) enjoying the sunshine! This post has been written by a wonderful blogger friend of mine Kate Fever, who blogs at Family Fever.
Kate writes with passion and her blog has a great mix of fantastic product reviews, beautiful photo’s (she’s a professional) , recipes, competitions and amongst others, my favourite bit- her 3 birth story’s that will soon have another added to it!
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I am Kate and I blog at Family Fever – a UK parenting and lifestyle blog. I am a mummy to 3 gorgeous little ones and number 4 is due to arrive in June 2015. My blog is an online diary of our family life with reviews, competitions, news stories and days out thrown in too!