A Survey Has Found That One In 4 Children Under 6 Have A Smartphone.
A survey by MusicMagpie found that 25% of children in the UK, aged under six, have their own smartphones, despite parents believing that 11 is the ideal age for children to have a mobile.
“Children under 6 have more access to smartphones than children aged 12/13”
Jason O’Mahony from CODA – Children of The Digital Age tells iKydz how and why kids are accessing unrestricted internet devices at much younger ages.
According to the researchers from online trade-in outlet musicMagpie, 25 per cent of children aged six and under already have their own phone and The Independent reported that almost half of these kids spend up to 21 hours per week on their smartphones. Over three quarters of parents paid up to £500 pounds for their child’s first smartphone with two-thirds admitting they don’t cap the monthly spend, the survey noted.
“Kids under 6 spending up to 21 hours per week on their smartphones”
For that level of spending for a smart device for a child, why not avail of a Parental Control so the Parent can at least have control over the content and time spent online.
With iKydz Home you only have a once off payment and no subscription fees to have that online protection for your children.
“While the majority of parents in our study said 11 was the acceptable’ age for children to have their own phones, we saw that 25 per cent of children aged six and under actually already owned one,” one of the researchers, Liam Howley was quoted as saying.
“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 parents can do to ensure their child’s day-to-day life isn’t consumed by one,” Howley added. Researchers found that 8 in 10 parents don’t limit the amount of time children spend on their phones. This can lead to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and even loneliness. Despite the fact that researchers found UK parents feel that age 11 is the “perfect” age for children to have an internet connected phone. There are still a high majority of younger kids using smartphones.
Screen Time and Mental Health
Recent studies in the USA have found that the more time teenagers spend on smartphones and other electronic screens, the more likely they are to feel depressed and attempt suicide.”Screen time should be considered a modern-day risk factor for depression and suicide,” said Thomas Joiner, Professor at Florida State University in the US. Let’s not wait for this to happen with our children. Government will always have discussions about the best possible path to resolve this issue and there will always be expert opinions from various fields on how parents should manage their childrens’ online experience. What parents must realise now though is that they must take control of the online concerns in their own home.
Since 2012, suicide rates have increased significantly in young kids aged between 10 – 14 in the USA. This is in direct correlation with an influx of smart phones and devices in the hands of young people.
iKydz Smartphone is the solution for parents
iKydz has also launched the worlds first child friendly smartphone. This phone is the answer that parents have been waiting for. It satisfies your child’s need for a smartphone in todays ever connected world while also giving you the power to keep them safe and make sure they are not spending too much time on screen.
Monitor Internet Usage
Monitor exactly how long your children are spending online and what they spent their time viewing.
Apply filters based on age. If you have kids of different ages using the internet, this feature allows you to apply suitable web content filters to individual devices based on the age of your child.
Use our iKydz Global Block Lists to block Adult Content or Dangerous Apps. Create your own custom blocklist to block access to certain websites that you feel is inappropriate for your children.
Hit our “meal time” button to turn your child’s Internet off for 30 mins. A perfect time for a fresh air break!
What can parents do?
More and more kids are becoming addicted to screens and smart devices. Parents globally are worrying about what their children are doing online, who are they talking to and how to create a balance between screen time and real life.
It is so important not only to protect our children from adult content online, but to control the time spent online. The on-screen activity whether it’s social media or gaming, can become an uncontrollable addiction unless there is Parental Control in place.
Parental Controls In The Home
iKydz Home is a smart device and parental control app for parents. This allows parents to set those boundaries. Not only can you block all adult content, but you also have the control to set schedules, so the children will have structure in their lives when it comes to on-screen activities. This will give them back the chance to engage socially with their friends in the real world instead of a virtual one. The less time spent online, increases happiness, motivation, focus and even lets our kids get a full night’s sleep!
iKydz has also launched an amazing child friendly smartphone. This phone is the answer that parents have been waiting for. It satisfies your child’s need for a smartphone in today’s ever connected world but gives you the power to keep them safe and make sure they are not spending too much time on screen and online.
With iKydz award-winning internet controls you can:
• Filter content
• Schedule online access
• Block unsuitable websites and apps
• Apply restrictions to YouTube
• Block or manage access to social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat
• Block and manage online gaming such as Roblox and Fortnite