Report: More youth use smartphones as route to web
CHICAGO (AP) â€” Keep computers in a common area so you can monitor what your kids are doing. It's a longstanding directive for online safety â€” but one that's quickly becoming moot as more young people have mobile devices, often with Internet access.
A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 78 percent of young people, ages 12 to 17, now have cellphones. Nearly half of those are smartphones, a share that's increasing steadily â€” and that's having a big effect on how, and where, many young people are accessing the Web.
The survey, released Wednesday, finds that one in four young people say they are "cell-mostly" Internet users, a percentage that increases to about half when the phone is a smartphone.
In comparison, just 15 percent of adults said they access the Internet mostly by cellphone....
For surfing the web, I have been using tablets, mostly, so a lot more of time is on a tablet. However, I do know what a printed book is, --even though the members of my church rarely see me with one, except an electronic one, , but if your kid stops talking in complete sentences, and mostly in abbreviations it's time to cancel his cellphone contract.