Twenty percent of kindergarten through second graders said they owned cellphones. 29% of third through fifth graders do. 51% of middle schoolers and 56% of high schoolers do. Smart-phone usage among these age groups is increasingly common too. 34% of middle school and 44% of high school students reported being smart-phone owners.
When administrators were asked about the likelihood of them allowing their students to use their own mobile devices for instructional purposes at school this year, a resounding 65% of principals said “no way!” And even within the cohort of administrators that use a smart phone themselves, only one-quarter of them said they are likely to allow students to use their own mobile devices this year.
While CIPA, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, does require schools block students’ access to obscene and harmful images, filtering is often extended to a variety of other sites, including many social networks.
Here’s the Speak Up 2010 survey.