One study delves into the statistics among children who own cell phones and how rapidly this trend is increasing with no stop in sight. According to MRI’s recently-released American Kids Study, cell phone ownership among children has increased 68% in the past five years. The 2009 American Kids Study was conducted on approximately 5,000 participants from households that used an innovative child friendly questionnaire. Of all the US children ages 6 to 11, 20% own a cell phone – up from the 11.9% found in 2005. One of the most dramatic increases seen in the study was from 10 to 11 year old range with over 80.5% owning a handset. The study goes on to discover that boys are more typical to have a phone more than girls – it has increased 47.6% for boys since 2007 and 17.2% for girls. As more wireless providers are offering services that are aimed at kids, such as the use of GPS tracking, there will continue to be a boom in the usage of mobile phones among children.
via Cell Phone Digest