Smartphones and children: are we too hung up on the dangers?

Schools told to crack down on mobile phones but more than 90% of 11-year-olds in the UK have one

Smartphone with quicksand in the screen
Most schools already ban the use of phones during the day but the government wants all schools to do so
(Image credit: Illustration by Stephen Kelly / Getty Images)

The government's new guidance on mobile phone use in schools has reignited the debate over the dangers of smartphones for children.

More than 4,000 parents have joined Smartphone Free Childhood, a WhatsApp group created by parents "committed to barring" young children from having smart devices, said The Guardian. Research by government watchdog Ofcom found that 91% of 11-year-olds in the UK have a smartphone, as do 44% of nine-year-olds.

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