One-third of children under 10 in UK own a cell phone

According to a new survey, the number of children under 10 who own mobile phones is dramatically higher than previously thought. The survey uses information of 2,000 households, and was undertaken by cloud security firm Westcoastcloud. As The Telegraph reports, the figures shown are both surprising and divisive. While 2,000 households will not speak for the entirety of the UK, it does reflect that the United Kingdom is quickly reaching a point where cellular devices are becoming part and parcel of everyone's life. 

One-in-three children under the age of ten own a mobile phone, while one-in-ten children, also under the age of ten, own a smartphone, such Apple's iPhone. The survey suggests that one-in-four parents do not monitor their offspring's phones. Other information revealed by the survey says that 68% of parents felt compelled to buy their children phones in order to check up on them when they are out, and that only 17% of parents succumbed to pestering by their children. Despite only a quarter of parents monitoring their offspring's phones, the survey results prove that parents are concerned about what their children are doing online. According to the results, 61% of parents monitor their children's usage of the internet on certain devices. 

Parental controls were a divisive result in the survey. Half of those questioned said they did not want to completely block access to certain websites, while the other half were more receptive of the concept. One-in-ten children aged under ten also possess accounts on a social network, such as Twitter, Facebook, or MySpace, while one-in-four children under ten have an email address. Westcoastcloud's director, Bill Strain, made the following remark:

It's great that youngsters are interested and engaged with the latest technology, but children owning their own phones as young as four does seem unnecessary. Kids will always be able to gain access to their parents' phones and laptops but when primary school age children gain access to the internet on these devices, parents need to be aware,” Strain continued. “There's the potential that they could access unsuitable or potentially harmful content.

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The original article uses the term 'mobile'. Why is the British news poster Americanising it into 'cell'? Does he really think NA visitors are so ignorant they won't be able to determine what a mobile is?

when i was 10 i always had people to call... but sadly when i was 10 a "cell" phone for a 10 year old was unheard of so we had to walk to each others houses or use the house phone... amazingly enough you probs have the most amount of friends when you are that young...
plus i was allowed out by my self at 6 years old... and having a phone is good for safety

I have an 11 year old 3rd cousin who uses her smart phone to take pictures of herself and her friends, and uses a graphics program to fancy them up then she posts them on her Facebook page.

"One-third of children under 10 in UK own a cell phone"

Yeah, if you found that fact amazing, you're going to **** yourself at this next one.

The other two-thrids of children under 10 in the UK own a MOBILE phone and aren't actually American....

I say that because I was at a take away one late night (about 18months ago), and a girl who looked all of 14 ran into the shop shouting someone call 911, call 911... I thought she was taking the ****. Turns out, a guy was trying to beat her up a few minutes later... but this americanism of the UK really has to stop, its actually hurting people now.

sagum said,
"One-third of children under 10 in UK own a cell phone"

Yeah, if you found that fact amazing, you're going to **** yourself at this next one.

The other two-thrids of children under 10 in the UK own a MOBILE phone and aren't actually American....

I say that because I was at a take away one late night (about 18months ago), and a girl who looked all of 14 ran into the shop shouting someone call 911, call 911... I thought she was taking the ****. Turns out, a guy was trying to beat her up a few minutes later... but this americanism of the UK really has to stop, its actually hurting people now.

911 (along with 112) works in every country including the UK, while 999 does not.

sagum said,
"One-third of children under 10 in UK own a cell phone"

Yeah, if you found that fact amazing, you're going to **** yourself at this next one.

The other two-thrids of children under 10 in the UK own a MOBILE phone and aren't actually American....

I say that because I was at a take away one late night (about 18months ago), and a girl who looked all of 14 ran into the shop shouting someone call 911, call 911... I thought she was taking the ****. Turns out, a guy was trying to beat her up a few minutes later... but this americanism of the UK really has to stop, its actually hurting people now.

Did you consider the fact that she was probably an American tourist or someone who emigrated to the UK? I do wish that schools wouldn't teach kids the American spelling of words though.

LordBattleBeard said,
Did you consider the fact that she was probably an American tourist or someone who emigrated to the UK? I do wish that schools wouldn't teach kids the American spelling of words though.


To be fair, if she had run into the shop shouting call 911 in an American accent rather then the chavvy British Stoke accent, then I'd have taken more notice stright away.

LordBattleBeard said,
I do wish that schools wouldn't teach kids the American spelling of words though.

You may not know this, but North American English is now the primary dialect of the English language.

Foub said,

You may not know this, but North American English is now the primary dialect of the English language.

it really is not, any EU country teach british english not american but with people doing silly things like setting up their microsoft word up in english (us) they are teaching them selves american

SPEhosting said,

it really is not, any EU country teach british english not american but with people doing silly things like setting up their microsoft word up in english (us) they are teaching them selves american

I didn't say American English. I said North American English. There is a difference.

I would buy my kid an iPhone (if I had a kid). Age 10. Already can get into trouble. Use find my iPhone to know where he is. Useful!

I would buy my kid an iPhone (if I had a kid). Age 10. Already can get into trouble. Use find my iPhone to know where he is. Useful!

Ramcee said,
why does a kid from 10 need a cellphone ?
Otherwise from gaming and listening to music..

Its so on the rare occasions that their kids are out looting shops in random riots, they can call them up and tell them what type of TV they want bringing back, and to make sure they're home before it gets light at 5am. ^_^

sagum said,

Its so on the rare occasions that their kids are out looting shops in random riots, they can call them up and tell them what type of TV they want bringing back, and to make sure they're home before it gets light at 5am. ^_^

Yeah, to soon for jokes imo.

zikalify said,
Who uses there phone to ring people?

What the hell kind of question is that? Also, it's 'their', not 'there'.

zikalify said,
Who uses there phone to ring people? I do occasionally but prefer fb or kik or sms

You just answered your own question - You do, occasionally.

JAGFin1 said,

What the hell kind of question is that? Also, it's 'their', not 'there'.
You have nothing better to do than correct peoples grammar?

ashmedai said,
No way that '... 61% of parents monitor their children's usage of the internet ...'.
Simple not true imo.

Exactly. Most parents simply aren't savvy enough to control their children on the web.

The Stark said,

Exactly. Most parents simply aren't savvy enough to control their children on the web.


indeed, or most kids using the net can use a proxy filter to get around any filters that block sites like facebook etc or turn the clock back to get past the time filter.. i know back then i did,

badsey said,

indeed, or most kids using the net can use a proxy filter to get around any filters that block sites like facebook etc or turn the clock back to get past the time filter.. i know back then i did,

you do know kids now adays dont think to fix their problems on their own?

MarkusDarkus said,
Yup. That sounds about right. All of my friends children 10 or older have Blackberries at least!

Blackberry's do seem quite popular with kids of that age.

bbfc_uk said,

Blackberry's do seem quite popular with kids of that age.

bbm is all that runs through their one tracked minds in my experience

bbfc_uk said,

Blackberry's do seem quite popular with kids of that age.

Yeah they are indeed, I think its the fact of BBM, they just love it.

zikalify said,
bbm is all that runs through their one tracked minds in my experience
Or the fact that a Blackberry is actually affordable at that age (£100-150) compared to other trending products, like the iphone (£400-500).

Xerax said,
No wonder iOS is so popular... /s

But seriously, who on earth does a 10 year old need to call?

My little sister (10) has a htc trophy 7 :-#
She just uses it as mp3 player.. PFF

Ramcee said,

My little sister (10) has a htc trophy 7 :-#
She just uses it as mp3 player.. PFF

I use a Blackberry Torch, just for a paper-weight.

FMH said,
I use a Blackberry Torch, just for a paper-weight.

I use my Samsung Omnia 7 for looking trough trash at night.

Ramcee said,

I use my Samsung Omnia 7 for looking trough trash at night.

Ha, why?

(omg, my 3000th post! )