Teens and Mobile Use: The Big Data

Teens and Mobile Use: The Big Data

It looks like the digital parenting community is growing. We’re glad to play even the smallest role in making more parents aware of what it takes to truly be integrated with their children across all platforms. It is a philosophy; a mindset rather than a technique and we’re glad we’ve got other link minded people on board in this thinking, especially through this blog.

Recently, the folks at Cell Phone City contacted us. They told of a campaign they’ve launched which advocates the responsible use of technology, especially amongst students. So when they asked if they could share some information on that matter with our audiences, we were more than happy to oblige. If you want more information on their campaign, ho ahead and click on the link given above.

Take a look at this infographic that provides a detailed insight into the big data regarding teens and cell phones:

The first thing I noticed right away from this infographic were the staggering numbers.

  • 14.3 million teens in the US use smartphones
  • The average age at which a child receives a cell phone is now 12 years
  • More girls own cell phone than boys, although the difference is small

From this bit of information, it can be seen the average age for owning smartphones is dropping. And let’s not forget that kids in their preteens are often the victims of solicitation and financial fraud. Ideally, the high number of teen mobile users should mean a higher number of parents using parental control apps. However, this is not the case, which make these numbers more disconcerting.

Now, let’s turn our attention to the rules and etiquettes Cell Phone City suggests parents should use for their teens.

  • One suggestion is that parents be aware of the mobile apps the kids are using. There’s an easy solution to that. XNSPY provides parents with a list of installed apps the kids have on their phones.
  • Another suggestion is that parents keep an eye on the kid’s real time location. Once more, XNSPY GPS tracker steps in. Parents can easily get detailed location stats on their kids, all 24 hours of the day.

Similarly, the inforgraphic also touches upon other themes that are popularly features on this blog—cyberbullying, sexting, and texting while driving. You can find more information on those themes throughout our blog.

At the end of the day, I feel like Cell Phone City’s campaign and XNSPY comes together in one more aspect: digital monitoring can’t be done through tools alone. It is a mindset. It is a constant way of life for parents of teenagers, not a onetime thing. Why wait to use XNSPY as a crisis management tool when you could be using it to prevent crisis altogether?