Study: 97% of children use their smartphones during school hours

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A recent study found that an astonishing 97 percent of students use their smartphones during school hours, and 60 percent also use them at night, from midnight to 5 a.m. on school days.

A study shows high consumption of mobile phones. Most screen time was spent on social media such as Instagram and Snapchat (32%), followed by YouTube and games during school hours. The nighttime use of the phone mainly used the same media, with YouTube being the app that was used the longest, as the videos were played all night.

The study also showed that teenagers spent an average of 20 minutes a night on their mobile phones, some reaching up to five hours. Although 67% of the participants accessed their cell phones at school at night, the average number of calls per night was only one.

First mobile phone for First Communion
According to the Safer Internet initiative, there is no single answer to when it is time for a mobile phone. Parents should decide individually and based on various factors. If a child is already going to school alone, the purchase of a mobile phone is nearby to communicate with someone in case of an emergency. However, according to the experts, parents should also ensure that children can get help on their way to school even without a mobile phone. The purchase also pays off if a child is often alone at home. However, it is unnecessary because there may still be a fixed-line connection or a family phone.

The fact is that smartphones are already a subject in primary school. According to Safer Internet, most children in the third and fourth classes already have mobile phones. For example, many children would get their first device for the First Communion. As a gift in the school bag for the very first day of school, the mobile phone, on the other hand, is not very widely used.

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