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Survey: Israeli parents give children cell phones for peace of mind

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August 14, 2013 | 9:50 am

Photo by TakuyaMurata

Photo by TakuyaMurata

One in four Israeli children between the ages of 6 and 8 has their own cell phone, a new survey found.

The number increases to one in three children for ages 9 to 11, and 91 percent for children ages 12-14, the survey by the Israeli cell phone company Pelephone found.

The survey of 920 Israeli mothers of children ages 6-14, representative of the general population, took place at the end of July.

Some 93 percent of the mothers said they gave their children cell phones so that they can have peace of mind, and be able to contact them when they want.

Ninety-two percent of the children with cell phones use them to send text messages. Seventy-five percent use apps, according to the survey.

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