In the United Kingdom, every one in four children, under the age of six, has a smartphone. In a more deliberate way, we can say that 25 percent of children, aged under six, have their own smartphones.
Half of these 25 percent kids spend up to 21 hours per week on their mobiles. Further, eight in every 10 parents do not limit the time children spend on their devices. Liam Howley of musicMagpie, an online music store, was quoted by The Independent, “Smartphones have become the most important piece of technology we own, connecting us with friends, keeping us updated on the world around us, and letting us capture our biggest moments.”
“The age at which children get their first phones has got even younger, and while many agree that there’s no defined age to give a child a phone, there’s a lot that parents can do to ensure their child’s day-to-day life isn’t consumed by one.”
“From restricting the time they spend on the device, to keeping a close eye on what they are downloading, there are many steps parents can go through to limit usage.”