Parent poll on smartphones — March 2024
‘Following the government’s guidance for mobile phones in schools issued on 19th February 2024, backing headteachers in prohibiting the use of mobile phones throughout the school day, including at break times, Parentkind commissioned a poll to speak to 2,496 parents in England, asking them about their views on banning smartphones and attitudes towards social media.

Findings from the poll show that:

  • 58% of parents would support the idea of introducing a ban on smartphones for under 16s, while 33% of parents oppose the idea.
  • Parents of primary school age children are ​terrified” as 77% back a ban on smartphones for under 16s.
  • 8 in 10 (83%) parents say that smartphones are harmful to children.’