Nearly all German kids have mobile phones

Mobile phones are as common among kids as bicycles: 9 out of 10 children in Germany have their own mobile. This is the result of the survey “Jugend 2.0“ of BITKOM. According to the study 94 per cent of German girls and 89 per cent of the boys between 10 and 18 years have their own mobile phone.

Mobile phones have now become an essential communication medium. For 11 per cent of children and teenagers, talking on the phone belongs to their favourite leisure activities. 24 per cent say they often talk on their mobiles and, around one third claim to send SMSs very often, too. To phone and send SMSs is more important to girls than boys and features such as taking pictures or videos are more popular with girls as well. Surprisingly internet is only used by 11 per cent and e-Mail by 5 per cent of those asked. MMS and Apps are rarely used either, with boys being more active here than girls.

The survey “Jugend 2.0” was carried out from 8th to 19th of November 2010 by BITKOM, the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. 737 people between 10 and 18 years in Germany were surveyed regarding the importance of PC, internet and mobile phones. The children and teenagers were divided into three groups: 10-12 years, 13-15 years, 16-18 years. Click here for the complete report on kids and mobiles.

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