UK - 65% of Children Use Messaging Apps

Arno Froese

In its annual study of children’s relationship with the media and online worlds, Ofcom said the percentage of children aged between five and seven who used messaging services had risen from 59% to 65%.

Over half of children under 13 used social media, contrary to most of the big platforms’ rules, and many admitted to lying to gain access to new apps and services.

Parents who spoke to the BBC also cited peer pressure, saying it was a struggle to keep children off social media when all their friends were using an app. One parent said she felt “pushed into a corner.”

Three in ten parents were willing to let a child aged 5-7 have a social media profile even if it was under the minimum age permitted for the apps, an increase compared to last year. 

Parents may be “resigned” to not being able to control children’s online lives, the new report notes.

Responding to the Ofcom report, Clare Fernyhough, of the Smartphone Free Childhood campaign, told the BBC that society had sleep-walked into “just assuming that we all need a smartphone—and now we’re beginning to see the huge impact that that’s having.”

But Professor Sonia Livingstone, Director of the Digital Futures for Children center, said it was wrong to protect children by restricting their access to technology.

-www.bbc.com, 18 April 2024

Arno's Commentary

This is an end-time phenomenon. There is no precedent in history. The issue is communication; in that case, we know from experience it matters little what governments do or don’t do. Information—the very building block of the universe—is now available in measures
beyond imagination just a century ago.

What does the future hold? We may simplify it with the word “globalism.” No longer are we limited to our native language, for example, but virtually anyone at anytime can have a translation in their own language instantly from around the world.

We see this development as necessary in order to fulfill Bible prophecy. There is no other way to fulfill, for example, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him” (Revelation 13:8a).

The other side of the story—the instruction Jesus gives to the Church—incorporates globalism for the Gospel: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19a). Note the words “all nations.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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