Smartphones first choice for young students


More than 80 percent of first-year high school students use smartphones, the government says.

A survey by the communications ministry also found that more than 50 percent of freshmen use their smartphones at least two hours a day.

The proportion of smartphone ownership jumped significantly from 59 percent in last year’s survey to 84 percent. A total of 75 percent use smartphones as their primary tool to access the Internet, compared with only 7 percent using laptops and 6 percent who use standard cellphones, the survey on Internet literacy found.

Carried out in June and July, the survey polled 3,512 first-year students.

Their ability to manage online risks improved in all seven categories surveyed. However, those who only use smartphones scored relatively low.