Kids take an average of £201 worth of valuables to school
- 47% of parents are happy for their child to regularly take valuables to school
- One in five (22%) parents allow their kids to take more than £250 worth of valuables
- One in ten (9%) kids regularly takes an iPad or tablet to school with them
This September, British parents will allow their children to take an average of £201 worth of valuables to school 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 (22%) 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 £1.5 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 (36%)
- An iPads or Tablet (9%)
- A musical instrument (7%)
- A hand held games console (4%)
- A laptop (3%)
Despite parents’ willingness to let their children take responsibility for valuables outside of the home, more than half of adults surveyed (55%) either don’t have, or don’t know if they have away-from-home cover as part of their insurance.
Adam Powell, Head of Operations at 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 year2, 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.”