The Kids Know Mum & Dad Can't Control Their Smartphones

By Gary Cutlack on at

According to stats compiled for Carphone Warehouse, 87 per cent of kids between the ages of 8-15 are fully aware that their smartphones offer an unrestricted way into the dark worlds of the internet. What happens on the Orange San Francisco, stays on the Orange San Francisco.

The figures are quite shocking, really, revealing that an estimated 2.8 million UK children under the age of 15 have their own smartphone, with over a million of those under the age of 12. How on earth did they swing that one with mum and dad? And where do mum and dad get the money?

The stats also found that 21 per cent of kids accessed material regarded as inappropriate, either deliberately or through the traditional, accidental route of a Google image search gone badly wrong.

To highlight the modern worry of kids accessing dodgy Tumblr image galleries on their mobiles under the bedclothes, CPW has teamed up with popular media nanny Tanya Byron to put together an educational booklet on the matter [PDF] to take some of the guesswork out of mobile safety. [CPW]