Average Child has Cellphone at Seven

Daily Mail
August 9, 2013

wtf? I guess maybe we should have thought this through better, huh guys?

Children receive their first mobile phone at the average age of seven, a new study suggests.

Youngsters are now equipped with handsets while at primary school – six years earlier than a decade ago.

The majority of parents (74%) claim they give children mobiles for safety reasons and ‘peace of mind’ while 61% say they set up ‘pay monthly’ contracts rather than opting for a ‘pay as you go’ package, the survey revealed.

It also found around 22% of parents bought their children phones simply because their classmates owned handsets.

The study, by comparison site MobilePhoneChecker.co.uk, found most youngsters are now likely to be just seven-and-a-half when they are given their first phone. In 1993, the average age was 13.2 years.
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.

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