Children carry an average of £234 of valuables in schoolbags each day

Research from Policy Expert reveals that almost half (47%) of parents are happy for their child to regularly take valuable items such as mobile phones, iPads and computer consoles  to school with them.  One in five (21%) trusting parents allow them to take more than £250 worth of gadgets, jewellery and other costly goods with them each day.

There are approximately 7.9 million children aged between six and 16 in the UK – this means there could be as much as much as £1.8 billion worth of valuables being carried in children’s school bags every day.  Parents across the UK admit that the average age at which children are considered old enough to take a mobile phone or tablet to school with them is 11 years old.

The most popular valuables in a British kid’s school bag are:

  • A mobile phone (37%)
  • An iPad or Tablet (11%)
  • A musical instrument (7%)
  • A hand held games console (4%)
  • A laptop (3%)

Despite parents’ willingness to let children take responsibility for valuables outside of the home, almost a third (27%) of adults surveyed don’t have away-from-home cover as part of their home insurance, with a further fifth (19%) unsure what their policy covers.

Adam Powell of Policy Expert commented:

“While some parents may not give a second thought to what their children take to school, they might be surprised at the actual cost of the valuables they are carrying. With the UK averaging 600,000 pickpocket incidents each year, and the high propensity for valuables to be lost or broken outside of the home in the care of children, it’s best to make sure you’re covered to avoid tears as well as financial loss.”

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