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Third of children under 10 own a mobile phone

A THIRD of children under 10 now own a mobile phone, a new survey has revealed.

Research conducted by security firm, Westcoastcloud asked 2,000 families about technology in their home and found that one in 10 parents admitted that their child had a smartphone, such as an iPhone or Android, reports the BBC

Most parents involved in the survey said they believed that 10 was a suitable age for a child to own a mobile device, claiming it was a great way to keep in contact with them.

The study also found that 16 percent of children owned a laptop, a quarter had an email address and eight percent had a social networking account.

This news comes after Government reportedly said it was considering whether to make it compulsory for internet service providers to give parents software to filter out harmful content.

Will Gardner of children's charity Childnet, said: "It is important to help ensure parents are aware of the full functionality of the technology that young children are accessing and that they are able to use the tools and give the support that young people need to stay safe and get the most out of these devices."

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