Although they can use their smartphones everywhere, children and young people use mobile devices primarily in their own rooms at home. Claudia Lampert examined the mobile internet use of German teenagers aged nine to sixteen within the framework of the international comparative study “Net Children Go Mobile.”
This project (www.netchildrengomobile.eu
), which is funded by the EU Safer Internet Programme, analyses the use of mobile internet of children aged 9 to 16. Representative data from children using the internet was collected, and interviews with children, parents and pedagogues, were carried out in seven countries (Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, and the United Kingdom). In Spain and Germany, a qualitative sub study was conducted. The Hans-Bredow-Institut contributed with qualitative findings from the project “Mobile Internet Use in the Everyday Life of Children and Adolescents”.http://www.netchildrengomobile.eu
On average, children are twelve years old when they get their first smartphone. Most of the time, they use it at home, and using this device not only changes the frequency of communication with their friends; it also changes the way they communicate. Around three-fourths of adolescents feel that they have to be online all the time. Some have also had negative experiences with their smartphones. Comparing the data to the study on EU Kids Online shows, i.e., that experiences with cyber-bullying have increased from seven to 12 per cent.