One in three children can’t imagine life without smartphone
A study by Hasselt students has shown the prevalence of smartphone ownership and use among primary school pupils
Playing outside still popular
More than half (53%) of pupils in the fourth year have a smartphone, 66% in the fifth and 82% in the sixth year. The younger children are, the less aware they are of the risks related to using a smartphone.
Less than half of the pupils in the third year – generally eight- and nine-year-olds – are aware of the possible dangers, compared to 59% of those in the sixth year.
Most surveyed pupils had received a brand new smartphone. In general, they got it from a family member, usually their parents. However, 35% of pupils indicated that their parents don’t know what they do with their phone.
Smartphone use is very popular among children, with 34% of all pupils saying they couldn’t imagine their life without it. They mostly use it to play games and to call or send messages to friends.
However, a significant number of children – including those who have a smartphone – said their favourite activity was to play outside. For 40% of the children in the third year, they enjoying playing outside above anything else. The percentage decreases among older children, to 30% in the sixth year.