This may be hard to believe, but according to a recent survey, over half of American children have a cell phone by the time they turn seven.
A poll of 2,290 parents by the coupon site, Vouchercloud, found 53% had purchased a phone for their child before their seventh birthday.
Almost one-third (31%) of parents who participated in the survey said they allowed their kids to have a cell phone for security reasons, giving the children a way to contact their parents in the event of an emergency. 20% said their children had phones to keep in contact with other kids at school.
An Ericsson Mobility Report from earlier this year predicted 90% of the world’s population over the age of 6 would have a mobile phone by 2020. Vouchercloud’s survey primarily targeted children in America, but it still shows that cell phone ownership among children is at an alarmingly high rate.
Parents are splurging for all types of technology, not just cell phones. The study showed parents spent an average of $462 per child to ensure their kids had the latest high-tech devices. By the time children reached 18, 96% had a cell phone, 83% had a TV or sound system, 75% had a tablet, 71% had a handheld gaming console (Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, etc.), 65% had an eBook reader (Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, etc.), and 51% had an Xbox or PlayStation.