Eight is the average age at which children are given their first mobile phone, according to a survey.
More than a third of children (35 per cent) own a mobile by the time they are that age, the charity Personal Finance Education Group (pfeg) discovered.
Its survey also found that three-quarters of all children aged seven to 15 owned “at least” one mobile.
The charity’s survey highlighted how early children now become financially aware – with peer pressure forcing them to get to grips with money to afford mobile phone ringtones, call costs and computer games.
It found that children as young as seven were offering to do chores in exchange for cash to buy ringtones.
But researchers were also told that by the age of 10, children were shopping online using their parents’ debit or credit cards.
A third of children (32 per cent) have used the internet to buy computer games.
A quarter of the 546 children surveyed have voted in television competitions, which can often cost £1 or more to enter.
But only 18 per cent have bought a book online.
It’s worth nothing that this report was in a British newspaper and that the survey is presumably of British children, so it’s unclear whether this applies to kids in the United States or not, but I’m guessing it’s not much different here.
Technology is changing the way we live, and that’s as true of children as it is of adults.