The Headmaster’s and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) has carried out research in partnership with Digital Awareness UK (DAUK) into teenage use of mobile devices overnight. Of 2,750 pupils aged 11-18 who were surveyed, 45% admit they check their mobile device after going to bed (some more than 10 times a night). 32% of these students’ parents are not aware that they check their mobile device after going to bed.
Other statistics include;
- 68% of students say that using their mobile devices at night affects their school work.
- A quarter of students (25%) also say they feel tired during the day because of how often they use their mobile device at night
- Almost half (42%) of students keep their phone next to their bed at night
These findings are particularly relevant at this time as safety group Internet Matters recently found that more children fall victim of cyberbullying at the start of the school academic year than any other time due to the fact many of them have increased access to mobile devices.
For more details of this research visit http://www.hmc.org.uk/blog/research-teenage-use-mobile-devices-night/