AT&T conducted a mobile safety study that highlights concerns and to bring awareness to certain issues.
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According to The AT&T Mobile Safety study:
The average age a child is given their first phone is 12.1; the average age for a child's first smartphone is 13.8, among those with a phone.
48 percent of children ages 12-14 have ridden in a vehicle with someone who was texting while driving. Among those ages 15-17, the percentage of teens who have ridden with a driver who was texting increases to 64 percent.
One in four teens ages 15-17 have received mean or bullying text messages (compared to nearly one in five reported by both 8- to 11- and 12- to 14-year-olds).
More than half of teens ages 15-17 know someone who has received a sexual message or picture over their phone (compared to 39 percent among those aged 12-14).
58 percent of parents say that their mobile phone provider offers tools or resources for parents to address issues like overages, safety, security and monitoring. One in seven is not sure whether they have access to these services.
For more information, visit www.att.com/familysafety