How Mobile Technologies Are Shaping a New Generation

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Mobile technology. Fifteen years ago, most home computers weren’t even linked to the Internet. Today, our computers are both linked and, in many cases, mobile. With more than five billion mobile users worldwide and a massive global network, small mobile devices with significant computing power have become a routine part of day-to-day life for people of all ages. The combination of a smartphone’s intuitive interface and thousands of apps for iPhones and Androids aimed at young children has fast made it a child’s favorite plaything. And as the smartphone market continues to explode, more parents are passing their phones to their offspring as tools to educate or gadgets to pacify.


Two-thirds of 4- to 7-year-olds have used an iPhone or iPod


6% of 2- to 5-year-olds have their own smartphone


50% of 11 year olds have own cell phone


10% of households with children aged 6-12 have iPads (compared with only 3% of other households);


35% of these households with young children plan to buy some brand of tablet computer in the next year


72% of the 100 top-selling education apps in Apple’s iTunes App store this year were aimed at preschoolers and those in elementary school


One of the first products aimed at putting an iPhone into a baby’s hands (Fisher-Price’s oversize case, providing coverage against drools and tantrums, while doubling as a rattle), rapidly sold out on Amazon; the three apps designed for the case have been downloaded more than 700,000 times



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