How did we ever make it through kindergarten without a mobile phone? Never posted our finger paintings to Instagram. Never woke up from naptime to check if anyone tweeted us. The times, they are a-changin?: According to a recent study, roughly one in 10 children has a cellphone by the time they?re 5 years old. The average age at which they receive their first phone is 11.

The immediate assumption may be that it?s for safety reasons and to keep tabs on the little ones. But Ernest Doku, a telecommunications expert at energy comparison site uSwitch.com, says it?s for more selfish reasons on the parents? part. ?I?d imagine that many parents have bought their kids smartphones just to stop them commandeering their own when [they’re] bored.?  [Source]

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