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20 Percent of Third Graders Own Cell Phones: Sexting Issue?

April 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

kids on computerThis article was written by Heather Campobello from WebProNews.

A startling new study finds that kids are at risk for sexting, cyberbullying, and more at a much younger age than originally thought. A new study surveyed 20,766 children from grades 3-12 in Massachusetts. The findings are from a self-report so children may not

actually own a cell phone.

The study found the following:

More than 90% of children in Massachusetts are already online by third grade. the majority of their time is spent playing video games.

By 3rd grade 20% of children report that they have their own cell phone.

Girls are more likely to own cell phones.

In middle school 91% of children report that they are able to text and use the internet on their cell.
                                     
Steven Woda

Written by Steven Woda

Steve Woda is the co-founder and CEO of uKnow, and a leader in the Internet safety and security field for over 15 years. He frequently speaks on the topics of Internet and mobile security, ecommerce and information economics. You can follow Steve on Twitter or on his blog.

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