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PREVNet Partner MediaSmarts: 25% of Canadian Grade 4 students have their own cell phones

Excerpt from the Ottawa Citizen

TORONTO - A survey of more than 5,400 Canadian kids in grades 4 through 11 found a majority had their own cellphone, while nearly one in four of the youngest children owned a mobile device.

The non-profit organization MediaSmarts worked with schools and parents in each province and territory to conduct the wide-ranging survey, which asked kids a few dozen questions about their Internet usage.

It wasn't surprising that nearly 90 per cent of the oldest students said they had their own cellphone, said MediaSmarts director of education Matthew Johnson.

But it was eye-opening for him to learn that about a quarter of nine- and 10-year-old students had their own device.

Read more at the Ottawa Citizen

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