Most parents believe that their children should master the basic technology: Polling

Nearly 6 in 10 parents indicated they would often text their children to come down for dinner instead of calling them.

A survey of 2,000 American parents of school-age children found that the average child will get their first smartphone by age 10. While technology continues to evolve, some things remain the same, as the average parent says they were 11 years old when they got their first personal technology, like a desktop or laptop computer.

Seven in 10 (70 percent) parents trust their children with technology, while two-thirds (66 percent) have put parental controls on all of their children’s devices for safety concerns. Six in 10 (62 percent) also believe technology is beneficial to children’s social skills.

Research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Cricket Wireless reveals that the average age of children’s introduction to technology remains at 10 years old. Undated photograph.
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Parents said they decided to give their youngsters a smartphone to use for emergency purposes (55 percent), to help them gain technology skills for their future job (47 percent) and because they showed maturity (46 percent).

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Cricket Wireless, the survey also found that more than two-thirds (67 percent) think their children will have access to technology, no matter how strict they are.

Half (50 per cent) of parents have bought or considered getting their child a non-smartphone, or basic feature phone, with the aim of helping them avoid “distracting apps” (65 per cent) and maintain basic features such as calling and messaging. no internet access (65 percent).

Interestingly, 54 percent of parents bought their children a basic phone to share their nostalgia of the 90s and early 2000s. Nostalgic trends and technology have resurfaced as well as connected to the next generation of devices. old to demonstrate how far we have come in the advancement of technology.

“Whether parents want to share their nostalgia for the ’90s or limit Internet access until their children reach a certain age, it’s important that families have a choice in what level of technology their child uses,” said Tony Mokry, vice president and chief marketing officer. officer for Cricket Wireless.

“It’s about relying on connectivity for flexibility and security to keep parents and kids safe and engaged anytime, anywhere.”

Children play video games on smartphones
Children play video games on smartphones while attending a public event on September 22, 2012, in Ruesselsheim, Germany. A survey of 2,000 American parents of school-age children found that the average child will get their first smartphone by age 10.
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The survey also asked children, ages 6 to 18, about their knowledge of older technology devices. When presented with images of old equipment, almost half (49 per cent) were unable to identify a landline, only 28 per cent knew what a floppy disk was and only 26 per cent said they would be able to name and explain how to use a telephone machine. .

Half of parents (51 percent) said their children have been on their family phone plan for an average of 3.6 years. Of these parents, 9 in 10 (90 percent) think their child is using their device as they intended, such as for school, e-learning and social purposes.

Seventy percent of parents said they would be more open to giving their children a tablet, smartphone or smartwatch if they understood how their youngsters could use these devices safely and effective.

“With back-to-school approaching, having kids on a family phone plan offers an affordable option to help your family stay connected so they can do more of what makes them happy, ” said Mokry.

The old technique that the children were able to identify in the picture

  • Fixed telephone – 51 percent
  • Fax machines – 38 percent
  • Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) – 29 percent
  • Disk flop – 28 percent
  • Telephone machines – 26 percent
  • Pager – 24 percent
OnePoll Kids and Technology Survey Results
Research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Cricket Wireless reveals that the average age to introduce children to technology is 10 years old.
Francesca Collado, SWNS/Zenger

Produced in collaboration with SWNS.

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