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Four out of five children own £300 worth of gadgets

A new survey has found that most children between the ages of two and 14 own £300 worth of gadgets, including mobile phones, tablets, laptops, TVs and game consoles.

Despite more than a third of the items ending up broken – Three quarters of the parents surveyed admitted to not having the items insured and replacing the items rather than having them repaired when they were broken – costing an average of £150.

The research by ProtectYourBubble.com, revealed that 80%of children have their own tablet with 58% owning a games console.

More than half have their own smartphone, 39% have a laptop, with just 16% owning a PC.

The data showed that the average age for a child’s first tablet is seven, and the average age for a first smartphone is 10.

Stephen Ebbett, Chief Digital Officer at Protect Your Bubble said “As technology becomes more user friendly, it becomes more accessible to younger children however they’re not necessarily any more durable.

“Unfortunately, our research suggests that the majority of Brits only remember to insure the gadgets they use regularly meaning they’re neglecting to insure the tech they have bought for their children.”

The research also found that while three quarters of parents admit that they allow their child to have gadgets in their bedroom, almost 15% say they have no internet safety features installed on their kid’s devices.

Despite the lack of safety on the gadgets, the average child is allowed to spend 2.21 hours on their gadgets every day, and 13 per cent of parents don’t set a time limit for their kids.

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