October 31, 2011

Teenagers more likely to miss mobiles than TV

Teenagers appear to be more likely to miss their mobile phone than their televisions, according to recent research.

Conducted by Ofcom, the survey found that 28 per cent of teenagers would miss their mobile phone most, while just 18 per cent would miss watching television. The internet was also a popular pasttime, with 25 per cent missing internet access most.

The research suggested that the prevalence of internet access on many of today's smartphones could be responsible for their popularity with young people. Indeed, 50 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds reported accessing social networking sites weekly on their smartphone, compared with just 33 per cent in 2010.

Meanwhile, the survey found that only 31 per cent of parents of children with smartphones have taken steps to prevent them from accessing websites designed for people over the age of 18.

Ed Richards, chief executive at Ofcom, called for better understanding of the way in which young people accessed the internet.

"The research also shows that parents and children are increasingly aware of how to be safe when using the internet,” he observed.

Mr Richards added: “But risks do remain. Better understanding – amongst parents as well as their children – is key to helping people to manage content and communications, enabling them to enjoy the benefits of media use while protecting themselves from the potential risks."

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