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Report shows half of UK 10-year-olds own a smartphone


The media regulator, Ofcom’s 2019 annual report shows the amount of young phone owners doubles between the ages of nine and ten. In addition, 24 percent of three and four year-olds have their own tablet, with 15 percent of them allowed to take it to bed.

Ofcom also interviewed parents about their concerns regarding children’s online and viewing habits. It found that 45 percent of parents thought the benefits outweighed the risks of children using the internet. However, there was an overall increase in parental concern about young people seeing content that might lead them to self-harm.

Ofcom’s annual study looks at the media habits of children aged five to fifteen and the types of devices they are using, as well as the media access of young children aged three to four. The 2019 study was based on more than 3,200 interviews with children and parents around the UK.

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