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ONE in three primary school children now have their own mobile and kids as young as eight are carrying smartphones.
The sharp increase in mobile phone ownership amongst children has resulted in cyber safety experts calling for parents to ditch smart phones for "dumb phones''.
New research by the Australian Communications and Media Authority - obtained exclusively by News Limited - shows 35 per cent of children aged eight to 11 now owns a mobile phone, a figure which has almost doubled since 2007.
Mobile phones have also saturated the teenage demographic with 94 per cent of 16 and 17-year olds now owning a phone.
Key findings from the report, due to be officially released in June, have raised concerns among security experts who say many parents are unaware of the cyber safety issues surrounding children's mobile phone use.
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/rise-in-number-of-australian-kids-with-smartphones/story-fnet085v-1226630247931#ixzz2RdA2xFjs
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