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Parents believe that children should get their first phone at the age of 11

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Parents believe that their children are allowed to have a phone by the age of 11 – but shouldn’t access the Internet until 13 without guidance or blockers.

A study of 1,000 parents found that they want full control of all aspects of the device by the time their child is 14 years old. After that, they can have complete privacy.

However, Facebook and YouTube can be used from the age of 12, although the two platforms do not allow children to sign up before the age of 13.

But they accept that their kids shouldn’t start using other social media platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok until they are teenagers.

And parents admit they don’t mind checking their child’s device for use and activity until they are 13 years old.

But despite the ideal ideas, many respondents with a child between eight and ten years of age state that they already own a smartphone.

The survey was conducted by EE, which developed the PhoneSmart License – a free online program designed to help young people use phone technology safely.

A spokesperson for the company said: “We all want to be able to protect our children, but we cannot always hide them from everything they come across online.

“Parents can easily worry that they may not be as familiar with technology compared to their children, so it’s all a learning curve.

“It is important to speak to your children to make sure that there are no language barriers between the two of you and that they feel they can confide in you when they see something online that they shouldn’t.

“Once your children understand the dangers of being online, this is the first step in making sure they have a healthy and safe relationship with you and your online activities.”

Parent, singer, actress and campaign ambassador Louise Redknapp added: “There are so many things to consider when giving your child a phone. It really is a minefield.

“The scariest thing is that once parents have the phone in hand, they have no control over what they see or access.

The responsibility shifts to them, and that is enormous. It is a really big decision to determine the right time. “

The survey also found that, among other things, parents gave their children a phone so they could reach them in an emergency, they started secondary school, and all of their friends have one.

Of those who had given their children a phone as a gift, 87 percent had previously had a conversation about online dangers.

When asked what makes them afraid that their child will have the first phone, they were worried that they might see things that are not appropriate for their age group, that they might be bullied and that they do not know who they are talking to on them could.

But while Facebook, Tinder, and TikTok were the apps parents feared the most when their kids were using it, 37 percent said they didn’t have blockers on their kids’ smartphones.

Of those who do this, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram were the websites or apps that they used them most for.

It also found that more than two-thirds of people surveyed through OnePoll agree that it’s okay to check your child’s phone when they’re asleep.

Meanwhile, a majority feel anxious every time their child uses their phone because they don’t know what to do with it.

67 percent said they feared sharing too much information online when their child got the first phone.

As a result of the study, the study found that 30 percent of parents were less worried about their child’s first day of school than about the first phone, while 27 percent would rather have a boyfriend.

An EE spokesperson added, “There needs to be more for children in terms of online safety as parents may not necessarily have all the tools or skills to teach children on their own.

“The license teaches children key components of phone security in four modules, including online hatred, digital wellbeing, online safety, and digital and media literacy.

“Allowing a child to have a phone can be difficult for parents, but there are ways to arm them to take care of themselves.”

Reporting by SWNS

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