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Celebrities including Kim Kardashian have also influenced youngsters with their own highly-publicised ‘digital detoxes’, she said.‘This time last year it wasn’t the case at all, but now they are saying they are using their brick phones at the weekend,’ she said.‘It’s suddenly just a cool thing to do.
It’s about going out and having the security that you can contact someone if you need them…
Just before that incident this group of girls were shouting at us further up the canal, and one started spitting in our direction.'The group of boys are described as being between the ages of 12 to 14, and were wearing hoodies and tracksuit bottoms.
A poll of 5,000 secondary school children found many are becoming disillusioned with the negative aspects of smartphone apps, such as online abuse and fake news.While many acknowledged they did not always enjoy their time online, 56 per cent admitted to being ‘on the edge of addiction’ when it came to checking their online accounts.HMC, which represents top private schools, said many teachers are now working with pupils to introduce phone-free days or sessions.Miss Robertson said many teenagers had experienced the dark side of the internet with apps such as Sarahah, an anonymous messaging service which started as a workplace tool but is now being used by youngsters to bully each other.She said a growing number are using ‘brick phones’ – primitive models from 15 years ago such as the Nokia 3310, which have been re-launched for people who do not want to be bothered by social media.