Mobile Technology: An Introduction
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Did You Know?
- 75% of teenagers and 58% of 12-year-olds have a cell phone.1
- Teenage girls are twice as likely as teenage guys to research sensitive health situations on the internet,2 and mobile technology gives them even more privacy to do so.
- Teenagers are more likely to ask for a laptop computer than other types of computers because of a laptop’s mobility. Two out of three young adults (ages 18 to 29) own a laptop or netbook. 3
- Kids see a cell phone as a lifeline. The average teenager sends more than 2,000 text messages each month through a cell phone.4
- Two out of three teenage cell phone users take photos with the camera built into their cell phone.5 One out of two likes to play the pre-installed games that come with their phone.6
1. Amanda Lenhart and others, Social Media & Mobile Internet Use among Teens and Young Adults (Washington, D.C.: Pew Research Center, 2010), 4.
4. Pete Blackshaw, “A Pocket Guide to Social Media and Kids,” http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/a-pocket-guide-to-social-media-and-kids
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Tips From the Expert
Dr. David Walsh, a nationally recognized authority on media provides parenting advice for navigating mobile technology.
Navigating Mobile Technology: Part One
Navigating Mobile Technology: Part Two