Parents spend £150 on average repairing or replacing their kids’ gadgets

New figures show that 40 per cent of gadgets bought for children quickly end up broken, forcing parents to pay out an average of £150 to repair or replace them.

A survey by Protect Your Bubble also revealed that 70 per cent of gadgets bought for children are not insured.

The research was taken from a survey of 2,000 parents which showed that four out of five kids in Britain aged two to 14 own a tablet, smartphone, laptop and/or game console.

Of the 40 per cent of broken gadgets, three quarters of the respondents admitted to replacing the items.

When it comes to the most popular gadgets, Protect Your Bubble’s survey results revealed that 80 per cent of children have their own tablet, 58 per cent own a games console, over half have their own smartphone, and 39 per cent have a laptop.

16 per cent of kids now own their own PC.

Stephen Ebbett, chief digital officer at Protect Your Bubble, saidL “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.”

While three quarters of parents admit that they allow their child to have gadgets in their bedroom, 14 per cent say they have no internet safety features installed on their kids’ devices.

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

The average child is allowed to spend 2.21 hours on their gadgets every day, and 87 per cent of parents set a time limit for their kids.

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