July 7, 2007

Mobile phones and Japanese High School Students



In a highly advanced technological society like Japan, it is no surprise the penetration of mobile phone users among Japanese high school student is almost 96 percent. According to the latest survey conducted by Cabinet Office, almost 96 percent of high school students are using mobile phones while some 60 percent of junior high school children and about 30 percent of elementary school children are using such phones.

A total of 95.5 percent of high school students access Websites from their mobile phones while 56.3 percent of junior high school children and 27 percent of elementary school children do so, according to the results. Some 74 percent of high school students use computers to access Websites while 68.7 percent of junior high school students and 58.3 percent of elementary school students do so.

About 40 percent of the parents of schoolchildren expressed concern that their children may access harmful Website, such as violent, sexual and anti-social ones. Only 40.7 percent of high school students, 43.4 percent of junior high school students and 30 percent of elementary school students replied that they try not to access such sites. Less than 3 percent of schoolchildren use filtering services to block access to such harmful sites, according to the survey results.

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