Kids Wireless Use Facts

Children and Cellphones
Teens and Cellphones
Tablets
Parental Controls
Privacy
Social Media
Cyberbullying
Inappropriate Use
Education

Children and Cellphones

  • On average, children are 12.1 when they receive their first mobile device. [Source]
    • 56 percent of children, age 8 to 12, have a cellphone. [Source]
      • 60 percent of families who have provided a cellphone to their child did so between the ages of 10 and 11. 20 percent provided their 8 to 9 year olds with a cellphone. [Source]
        • Of children 8 years of age and younger 2 percent have their own cell phone. [Source]
          • 71 percent of families with young children under 8 years old have a smartphone. [Source]
            • Among children 8 years of age and younger, 21 percent use smartphones. [Source]


              Teens and Cellphones:

              • 37 percent of teenagers, ages 12 to 17, have a smartphone, an increase from 23 percent reported in 2011. [Source] 
                • 78 percent of teenagers, ages 12 to 17 have a cellphone. [Source] 
                  • 74 percent of teenagers, ages 12 to 17, access the internet on cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices at least occasionally. [Source] 
                    • 25 percent of teenagers, ages 12 to 17, are "cell-mostly" internet users, meaning they mainly access the internet through their phone, compared to only 15 percent of adults. [Source] 
                      • Older teenage girls, ages 14 to 17, are more likely be "cell-mostly" internet users (34 percent) than teenage boys of the same age(24 percent). [Source] 
                        • 56 percent of young people use a password on their mobile device. [Source] 
                          • 34 percent of teen girls ages 14-17 say they mostly go online using their cell phone, compared to 24 percent of teen boys ages 14-17. [Source] 
                            • 51 percent of high school students carry a smartphone with them to school every day, compared to 28 percent of middle school students. [Source] 
                              • 70 percent of parents of teens with a cellphone have reviewed their teen's text messages, while only 39 percent of teens believe their parents monitor their cellphone somewhat closely. [Source] 
                                • 74% of teens rely on their parents and other adults for information about protecting themselves online. [Source] 
                                  • 53 percent of teenagers, ages 13 to 17, say most of their calls last four minutes or less. [Source]
                                    • 33 percent of teenagers, ages 13 to 17, list texting as their favorite form of communicating with their friends. [Source]
                                      • 53 percent of adolescents, ages 8 to 17, report they have been in the car with someone who is texting and driving. [Source]


                                        Tablets:

                                        • 23 percent of teenagers, ages 12 to 17, have a tablet computer compared to 25 percent of adults. [Source]
                                          • Of children 8 years of age and younger, 6 percent have their own tablet. [Source]
                                            • 42 percent of families with young children under 8 years old have a tablet. [Source]
                                              • Among children 8 years of age and younger, 26 percent use tablets. [Source]
                                                • 46 percent of families have at least one tablet. [Source]
                                                  • 70 percent of children under 12 years old, living in a tablet-owning household, have used the tablet device. [Source]
                                                    • 57 percent of children under 12 years old, who have access at home to a wireless tablet device, have used an educational application. [Source]
                                                      • 77 percent of children under 12 years old in tablet-owning households download games to play. [Source]
                                                        • 55 percent of parents with a tablet use it to entertain their children under 12 years old while traveling. 41 percent used a tablet to entertain their children at a restaurant. [Source]
                                                          • 43 percent of children under 12 years old with access to a tablet at home use it to watch movies and television shows. [Source]


                                                            Parental Controls:

                                                            • While a vast majority of teens (90 percent) say their parents trust them to be responsible online, 45 percent said they would change something about their online behavior if their parents were watching. [Source]
                                                            • Among parents with children less than 8 years old, they use the following methods to help control their child's media content access:
                                                              • 56 percent of parents watch or play the content first
                                                              • 34 percent of parents listen to recommendations from friends
                                                              • 33 percent of parents rely on the reputation of the company
                                                              • 25 percent of parents allow the child to find it themselves
                                                              • 13 percent of parents check website reviews
                                                              • 5 percent of parents check newspaper or magazine reviews.
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                                                              • Almost 70 percent of youth admit to hiding online activities.[Source]
                                                              • Less than 47 percent of parents are aware of what their child is doing online.[Source]
                                                              • Fewer than half of teens are bothered by parental monitoring of their online or mobile activities and a majority of teens say parent's looking over their shoulder doesn't bother them that much. [Source]
                                                              • 91 percent of parents say they are well informed about what their teens do online or on their cellphones, but only three in five teens would say their parents know what they do online. [Source]
                                                              • 93 percent of parents say they talk to their teens about online safety, while only 61 percent of teens report having this conversation. [Source]
                                                              • 95 percent of teens feel at least somewhat safe online. [Source]
                                                              • 94 percent of parents feel their teens are at least somewhat safe online. [Source]
                                                              • 38% of parents with younger teens, aged 13-15, said they monitor or follow their children's cell phone use very closely. 84% said they somewhat closely or very closely monitor. [Source]
                                                              • 90 percent of adolescents, ages 8 to 17, believe it’s OK for parents to set rules on how they use their cellphones. [Source]
                                                                • 66 percent of adolescents, ages 8 to 17, have rules from their parents on cellphone use. 92 percent of those with rules believe they are fair.
                                                                  • 77 percent of children age 8 to 11 have rules.
                                                                  • 74 percent of adolescents age 12 to 14 have rules.
                                                                  • 58 percent of adolescents age 15 to 17 have rules. [Source]
                                                                  • 62 percent of parents are concerned they cannot fully monitor their children’s activities on their cellphone. [Source]
                                                                    • 87 percent of parents are aware of parental controls. [Source]
                                                                      • 53 percent of parents use some sort of parental control feature to manage/monitor their children’s Internet use. [Source]
                                                                        • 21 percent of parents report that their child uses a smartphone.
                                                                          • 55 percent of these parents know how to use parental restrictions on these wireless devices.
                                                                          • 25 percent have activated parental controls on their child’s smartphone.
                                                                          • 16 percent have downloaded a parental control app. [Source])
                                                                          • 33 percent of parents find it difficult to supervise their children’s Internet usage when using a smartphone or handheld device. [Source]
                                                                            • 48 percent of parents say their children use more than one platform to access the Internet, including smartphones. [Source]
                                                                              • 86 percent of parents feel their children are safe online. [Source]


                                                                                Privacy:

                                                                                • Only 61 percent of teens use privacy settings on their social media sites, while more than half of teens are indiscriminate about which apps have access to their location. [Source]
                                                                                • 14 percent of teens posted their home addresses online, a 27 percent increase from the previous year. [Source]


                                                                                Social Media:

                                                                                • Nearly half of teens say they have posted something online that they later regretted. [Source]
                                                                                • One in three teens say they feel more accepted online than they do in real life, while nearly 80 percent of teens used the Internet or social media to reinvent themselves. [Source]
                                                                                • 8 percent of people in the U.S., ages 16 – 34, have been turned down for a job because of their social media profile.[Source]
                                                                                  • 70 percent of parents say that they monitor their children's social networking activities.[Source]
                                                                                    • 46 percent of parents have access to their children's social networking accounts. [Source]
                                                                                      • 81 percent of teens on social networks use privacy settings on their account, with 65 percent setting limits on who they share their posts with and 50 percent have "unfriended" someone due to an offensive post. [Source]
                                                                                        • 90 percent of teens, ages 13 to 17, have used social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.). 75 percent currently have a profile. [Source]
                                                                                          • 52 percent of teenagers, ages 13 to 17, with a social media profile have checked their profile from a mobile device. [Source]
                                                                                            • 51 percent of teens, ages 13 to 17, use social media sites daily. [Source]
                                                                                              • 68 percent of teens, ages 13 to 17, list Facebook as their main social network. [Source])
                                                                                                • 22 percent of teens, ages 13 to 17, have a Twitter account. 11 percent send or receive a tweet at least once a day. [Source])


                                                                                                  Cyberbullying:

                                                                                                  • 87 percent of youths witnessed cyberbullying, compared to 27 percent the year before who said they witnessed cruel behavior online. [Source]
                                                                                                  • Of the teens who witnessed cyberbullying, 53 percent said victims reacted with defensiveness or anger, while 47 percent deleted their social media accounts. [Source]
                                                                                                  • Nearly a quarter of teens say they would not know what to do if they started being harassed or bullied online. [Source]
                                                                                                  • Many online arguments have offline consequences, as half of teens say they have been involved in an argument because of an online post, a 51 percent increase from the year before. Four percent of teens say they saw a negative online exchange turn into a physical fight. [Source]
                                                                                                  • 47 states now have laws addressing "electronic harassment," including 18 states that specifically refer to "cyberbullying." [Source]
                                                                                                    • 27 percent of youth have witness cruel behavior online and only 9 percent of parents are aware of this.[Source]
                                                                                                      • 43 percent of teens, ages 13 to 17, report being a victim of "cyberbullying" in the past year.
                                                                                                        • 20 percent of those who experienced cyberbullying said someone posed as someone else while online to find out personal information about themselves.
                                                                                                        • 13 percent said a cyberbully pretended to be them online.
                                                                                                        • 17 percent said a cyberbully lied about them online.
                                                                                                        • 10 percent said someone posted pictures without their permission with the intent to embarrass them.
                                                                                                        • [Source])
                                                                                                        • 11 percent of teens, ages 13 to 17, told their parents about a cyberbullying experience. [Source]
                                                                                                          • 81 percent of teens, ages 13 to 17, believe others cyberbully because they think it is funny. [Source]
                                                                                                            • 22 percent of adolescents, ages 8 to 17, report being bullied via text message. [Source]
                                                                                                              • Nearly 15 percent of teens, ages 13 to 17, were left scared after a cyberbullying experience. 50 percent felt angry. Nearly 30 percent wanted to seek retribution against their cyberbully. [Source]


                                                                                                                Inappropriate Use:

                                                                                                                • Around 20 percent of teenagers with text-capable devices surveyed in California received a "sext," but only five percent report having sent one. [Source]
                                                                                                                  • 47 percent of kids have looked up a site their parents would disapprove of. [Source]
                                                                                                                    • Over ½ of kids 10-17 have posted risky comments or photos online. [Source]
                                                                                                                      • 22 percent of young people admit to using a mobile device to hide their online behavior from their parents. [Source]
                                                                                                                        • 44 percent of teens list identity theft as their top concern about potential consequences online, while 30 percent are more concerned with posts creating problems with colleges or employers. [Source]
                                                                                                                          • 46 percent of adolescents, ages 11 to 17 year olds, have received a message or picture their parents would disapprove of due to sexual content. [Source]

                                                                                                                            Education:

                                                                                                                            • 74 percent of teachers say that technology enables them to reinforce and expand on content. [Source]
                                                                                                                              • 74 percent of teachers say that technology motivates students to learn.[Source]
                                                                                                                                • 73 percent of teachers say that technology helps them respond to a variety of learning styles. [Source]
                                                                                                                                  • 69 percent of teachers say that technology allows them to "do much more than ever before" for their students.[Source]
                                                                                                                                    • 35 percent of teachers have access to a tablet or e-reader in the classroom as compared to only 20 percent in 2012.[Source]
                                                                                                                                      • More than 50 percent of parents said schools should make more use of mobile devices for education. [Source]
                                                                                                                                        • 32 percent of parents believe they should be required in the classroom.
                                                                                                                                        • 71 percent of parents believe mobile devices open up learning opportunities.
                                                                                                                                        • 62 percent of parents believe mobile devices benefit students' learning.
                                                                                                                                        • 59 percent of parents believe mobile devices engage students in the classroom.
                                                                                                                                        • 54 percent of parents say they have already bought a mobile device to support their child's learning. [Source]
                                                                                                                                          • 68 percent of parents agree that mobile devices and apps can help teach reading, math, science, foreign languages and social studies. [Source]
                                                                                                                                            • 43 percent of parents say they need help finding educational apps. [Source]