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Families and Mobile Manners: Some Kids Would Rather Give Up Summer Vacation Than Their Smart Phone or Computer!

CT_parentsandchildren_WORecently, EPI  partnered with Intel to help the company spread the results of an Ipsos survey (sponsored by Intel) which looks at the state of mobile etiquette. The latest findings focus on mobile manners within families.

 

“Parents and children are discovering that when it comes to using their mobile devices at home, it’s not always clear what constitutes good manners. Each family has to decide what’s appropriate and establish clear guidelines for polite usage,” suggests Anna Post, who has worked with Intel throughout 2011 to discuss mobile etiquette and the ways in which mobile devices impact social interactions.

 

Here are some of the Intel mobile etiquette survey findings related to how parents, kids and teens use mobile technology and devices:

  • 50 percent of children surveyed between the ages of 8-12 reported owning at least 2 mobile technology devices.
  • 94 percent of parents believe it’s important to establish rules in the home about proper use of mobile devices.
  • 13 is the average age parents think it is appropriate for children to receive a mobile device; while on average, children report receiving their first device at age 11.
  • Children are super-connected to their mobile devices. 8-12 year-olds reported spending 2-3 hours per day using their mobile devices. And 39 percent of children reported that they would rather go without their summer vacation than give up their mobile device(s) for one month.
  • 59 percent of children have witnessed their parents commit common mobile infractions, including: use of a mobile device while driving (59 percent), at dinner (46 percent) and during a movie or concert (24 percent).
  • Nearly half of U.S. children (49 percent) say they don’t see anything wrong with using a technology device at the dinner table.
  • Less than half of the parents surveyed are setting general guidelines for use of mobile devices during family time.
  • When used effectively, mobile devices can better connect parents and children. According to the survey, 70 percent of teenagers and 75 percent of parents believe that their mobile devices allow them to connect with each other better and more often.
  • 50 percent of parents feel guilty for using an Internet-enabled device when they feel they should be spending time with their children.
 

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