As reported in the Independent, Ms. Hanbury told BBC, "Students often claim they need their phone to wake them up in the morning. Young people are regularly online, dealing with social media, distracted by the idea of missing out if they're not online."
In a survey conducted in 2016 in which 1,500 parents participated, it was revealed that children in UK on average get their first mobile phone by the age of seven and get a smartphone by the time they are 10.
It is also very common for children to refuse to relinquish their mobile phones. A third of those in the age group 12-15 also admitted that they do not have a good balance between screen time and other activities.
Ms Hanbury also stressed that it is important to sleep for a 'sensible' amount of time, which for teenagers is around nine hours. Highlighting the idea behind providing alarm clocks she wrote that more often than not children make the excuse that they need their mobile phones in order to wake up in the morning. With the alarm clocks at hand now, they wouldn't have that excuse to bring their mobile phones to bed with them.
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