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Are Welsh children more likely to sell mobile phones?
(07/03/2011 15:23:15)

Youngsters in Wales could be more likely to sell mobile phones as a study revealed that 94 per cent of children own a handset.

According to research conducted by Halifax Savings, Welsh children lead the way in terms of having the latest gadgets.

The number of youngsters with a handset is significantly higher than the UK average of 80 per cent, while only three-quarters of children in Scotland own a mobile phone.

With more children possessing a device, it could be argued that the Welsh are more likely to engage in mobile phone recycling in order to get money off an upgraded model.

This assumption is backed by a Halifax spokesperson, who said that statistics point to Welsh children having all of the latest "must-have" gadgets.

Indeed, the report noted that as well as mobile phones, youngsters in Wales are also more likely to own games consoles.

Statistics indicated that 100 per cent of respondents in Wales had a console, compared to the UK average of 91 per cent.

"Children in Wales certainly do extremely well when it comes to owning the latest 'must-have' technology," the spokesperson said.

While many children rely on their parents to foot the monthly bill for their mobile use, 21 per cent actually take on the full responsibility themselves.

Youngsters in London were found to run up the largest average bill each month at £11.55, while the Welsh spent £9.50.

"It is very pleasing to see that some children are taking responsibility for their own mobile phone bills," the Halifax spokesperson added.

Children aged between eight and 11 may benefit from guidance over the benefits of mobile phone recycling, as the study revealed that 66 per cent of people within this bracket owned a mobile phone in the UK.

Recently, Doctor NDTV reported that children who engage in mobile phone text messaging have better literacy skills than those who don't.

The publication noted that researchers in Finland had tracked a selection of youngsters and found that texting can help children as young as five boost their reading and writing ability.

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