Jan 17, 2024

#WakeUpWednesday 17.01.24

One in three 8-year-olds in Britain own a smartphone and that proportion rises to more than 90% by the time children reach 12. This increase – driven by factors both personal (blossoming independence) and practical (the transition to secondary school) – makes it all the more valuable for young people to know how to use such devices safely.

Indeed, more than half of parents (52%) surveyed by Ofcom admitted to worrying about their child being bullied via their mobile phone – and with hazards like scams, screen addiction and inappropriate content to consider, that’s far from the only risk around. This #WakeUpWednesday guide pulls together some simple but solid smartphone safety tips.