British children twice as likely to own mobile phone as kids overseas

Children in the UK are almost twice as likely to own a mobile phone at the age of 10 compared to those in other countries, according to a new international study.

Three-quarters (73 per cent) of 10-year-olds here have a personal mobile compared to a global average of only 45 per cent.

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.

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