Tech tussle as parents permit smartphones but forbid downloads
This is according to the latest research from the Halifax Annual Pocket Money Survey. This does not deter children however, with over eight in 10 (85%) kids downloading from the internet.
When it comes to the content kids are downloading, sometimes against their parents’ wishes, games (63%) and apps (58%) are the most popular, compared to music (52%) and films (22%).
More than a third (36%) of parents who do not allow children to spend their pocket money on digital downloads cite accessing inappropriate content as a reason. One in three (31%) parents are also worried about children overspending online, with dads more concerned than mums (39% vs 26%).
Almost three quarters (73%) of children own a mobile phone, with over nine in 10 (91%) owning a smart device. The popularity of other types of digital devices however has fallen out of fashion.
Only a third of children (33%) own an iPod and less than a fifth own an MP3 player (22%). Parents are also still paying for most of children’s mobile phone bills.
Over eight in 10 children (82%) say it is the responsibility of their parents to pay their bills, with only one in 10 (13%) saying it is down to them. ■