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Kids think mobile phones should be banned from the classroom


Seven out of ten Swedish adolescents aged 12 to 17 think mobile phones should be banned from classrooms in Sweden. And almost half of them believe that their parents, siblings and friends use their mobile phones and tablets too much and too often. This is shown in the Youth Online study conducted by Cybercom.

 

The study shows that young people in Sweden spend a lot of time with their connected devices. More than half (55 percent) of respondents aged 12 to 17 report that they spend more than four hours a day on weekdays connected to the net via mobile phone, tablet or PC. The figure is even higher on weekends and other days off - when eight out of ten (80 percent) spend more than four hours a day online.

Nevertheless, the Youth Online report, which is based on about thirty questions on attitudes towards and use of the internet among adolescents shows that a full 69 percent support a ban on mobile phones in classrooms during lessons.

But young people have a conflicted attitude towards their smart phones. About one third (28 percent) report that they cannot do without their phones for more than an hour at a time, even though four out of ten (40 percent) think family members and friends use their mobile phones or tablets too much.

Once connected, watching various kinds of videos is the most common pastime. Almost all (93 percent) of the adolescents who participated in the study report that they watch streamed film on YouTube or other streaming services during their free time. The second most common pastime is social interaction with friends on platforms like Kik, Snapchat and Messenger (82 percent), followed by listening to music, radio or podcasts (76 percent).

About seven out of ten (72 percent) report that they play games online. There is a gender difference here, as the share of online gaming boys is 92 percent, while the share of online gaming girls is 51 percent.

“The study provides valuable insights into the internet habits of young people and their attitudes towards the connected world. As an IT consultancy, we are involved in creating the connected Swedish society of the future. By finding out how adolescents in Sweden use the internet today and how they relate to it, we can hopefully use this knowledge to develop sustainable products and solutions where IT is a natural and welcome aspect of their everyday lives in the future,” says Cybercom CEO Niklas Flyborg.

Youth Online includes 1,049 interviews with young people aged 12 to 17 who live in Sweden. Commissioned by Cybercom, the study was conducted during the period of 22-30 May 2018 by market research firm Userneeds.

Download the entire Youth Online study here: https://www.cybercom.com/youthonline

 

 

For further information, please contact:

Niklas Flyborg, President and CEO                                                              +46 70 594 96 78

Kristina Cato, Head of Sustainability and Communications                            +46 708 644 702

 

About Cybercom
Cybercom is an innovative IT consulting firm that enables leading companies and organisations to benefit from the opportunities of digitalisation. We provide innovative, secure and sustainable solutions in IT and communications technology by combining technical edge and strong business insight. This applies whether the issue is transforming products into services, developing new business models or helping the public sector get closer to citizens. We are found where technology and business development meet. We think big. We test, learn and adapt. And the distance from planning to concrete action is short. The single objective is for our clients to succeed in the connected world. This is how we are making tomorrow, today. We are a highly diverse company, with a large age range, 44 nationalities and assignments in 21 countries. We are creating the world of tomorrow in unison, we are creative, fearless and inquisitive – always ready to challenge the status quo. We turn our words into action and empower change. We are the #Makers of tomorrow. Cybercom has been a privately owned company since 2015. Its main shareholders are JCE Group AB and Tequity AB. Cybercom’s domestic markets are the Nordic region and Poland, and in addition the company offers global delivery capacity for local and international business. www.cybercom.com