Children in the UK are almost twice as likely to own a mobile phone at the age of ten compared to those in other countries, a new study has revealed.
The international study revealed that 73 per cent of 10-year-olds here have a personal mobile compared to a global average of only 45 per cent.
The study by the Marketing Store showed that in the US the figure is just one third (31 per cent) and in France it is only 10 per cent, while of 12 countries surveyed only Poland (83 per cent) had a higher proportion of 10-year-olds with mobiles, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the paper, Siobhan Freegard, co-founder of the parenting website Netmums, pointed out that the findings could be due to the UK being less child friendly than other countries.
The findings come after a YouGov study in early 2012 found that around 1.2 million children in the UK have looked at violent or pornographic websites on their mobile phones.