In our recent CHILDWISE Monitor Survey half of all 9-16 year olds said that their mobile phone is the first thing they check in the morning and/or the last thing they check at night. The level of dependence doubles across the age from 31% of 9-10 year olds, to 61% of 15-16 year olds.
33% of 13-15 year olds said they couldn’t live without their mobile phone, the figure is 36% for girls 11 – 16.
‘Because I need it, it is vital to my well being’ said one girl of 17.
I can vouch from personal experience over half term having to endure the suffering of a certain 15 year old in my household who couldn’t get her phone repaired for three days.
Mobile phones are teenage kids portal to their social life: what is being said and by whom, what their peers are thinking about TV programmes, what is considered cool and what is not. Not forgetting - the instant entertainment hit of posts on Instagram and Snapchat.
The annual CHILDWISE Monitor Report talks to more than 2000 children aged 5-6 across the UK and is now available.