Smartphones are mobile phones with internet access. They are capable of a range of functions, including social networking, listening to music, playing games, browsing the internet, checking emails, taking photos and videos and watching TV – along with the usual texting and calling!
app [noun] = a small, specialised software program which can be downloaded to a mobile device to carry out a particular function (from Scrabble to Facebook!)
You can personalise your phone by downloading ‘apps’ which carry out fun and useful functions, from checking train times to caring for a virtual pet! According to Ofcom, the most popular types of apps among young people are for games, social networking and music.
Smartphones are incredibly popular with young people – research has shown that 59% of young people aged 12-15 have a smartphone. Popular brands include BlackBerry, iPhone and Android phones such as the HTC Sensation.
Internet safety advice is directly applicable to smartphones because risks of Content, Contact, Conduct and Commercialism also apply: