The Statistics: Teens and Cell Phones
If you are a parent with a cell phone toting teen, you are not alone. In fact, the majority of teens are now carrying these wireless devices. Here are just a few of the statistics involving teens and their cell phones.
- Four out of five teens (17 million) carry a wireless device.
- A majority (57%) of teens view their cell phone as the key to their social life.
- Second only to clothing, teens say, a person’s cell phone tells the most about their social status or popularity, outranking jewelry, watches and shoes.
- Though only one in five (18%) teens care to pinpoint the location of their family and friends via their cell phone, 36% hate the idea of a cell phone feature that allows others to know their exact location.
- With more than 1 billion text messages sent each day, it is no surprise that 42% of teens say they can text blindfolded,
- Texting is so important to teens they said that if texting were no longer an option 47% of teens say their social life would end or be worsened – that’s especially so among females (54% vs. 40%).
- 72% of all teens2 — or 88% of teen cell phone users — are text-messagers
- More than half of teens (54%) are daily texters
- One in three teens sends more than 100 text messages a day, or 3000 texts a month.
- 15% of teens who are texters send more than 200 texts a day, or more than 6,000 texts a month.
- 26% have been bullied or harassed through text messages and phone calls.
Should You Monitor Your Teens Cell Phone?
Studies have found that cell phone monitoring or limiting by parents does in fact lower the rate of cell phone related negative incidents for teens.
- Teens whose parents limit their texting are also less likely to report being passengers in cars where the driver texted behind the wheel or used the phone in a dangerous manner while driving.
- Limiting a child’s text messaging does relate to lower levels of various texting behaviors among teens.
- Teens who have parents who monitor their cell use are less likely to report regretting a text they sent, or to report sending sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images by text (also known as “sexting”).
How can you monitor teen cell phone use?
Cell Phone Recon offers parents the ability to monitor all calls, text messages, and emails on their teens phone. Cell Phone Recon even gives the ability to track the location of the phone! The easy to install software allows you to record phone calls, messages and data, which can then be viewed on your PC through a secure web-based control panel that is accessed only through your personal password. The software can be installed on nearly any cell phone.