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Three of my kids are ages 15-20. They each have a smartphone and I feel comfortable with their cellphone practices and usage. However, my youngest son does not yet have a cellphone. He is 12 years old and desperate to have one of his own. He asks us about it all the time. I'm just not sure if he is ready to handle the responsibility. I worry about protecting his privacy and giving him to much access to the web.
Just like me, many other parents share these same concerns. The team at Zact conducted a survey and found that 73% of U.S. parents are concerned about the lack of parental control of a child's activities on mobile devices. Check out the Zact infographic below for more statistics from their survey.
One statistic that really caught my eye and I totally agree with is that 3 out of 4 parents believe that U.S. legislation has not kept up with changes in the mobile phone industry in relation to protecting minors. I think we simply must do more to protect our kids.
What are your biggest concerns about your kids using smartphones? Is this something you have had discussions about in your family?
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