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Moms' Thoughts on Back to School Buying and More

August 10, 2009

Recently we asked Moms about back to school shopping, the amount of homework their child does, what age to get a cell phone and more. Here are the results; be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section.

How old is old enough for a cell phone?

Whenever they ask for one? 1%
10+ 18.8%
12+ 52.4%
16+ 27.8%

How much do you plan to spend on back to school supplies per child?

Less than $25 26.2%
Between $25 – $50 50%
Between $25- $100 19.2%
More than $100 4.6%

What are your child’s lunch plans?

Bring sack lunch 30.8%
Buy school lunch 14.6%
Both 54.7%

How does your child get to and from school?

Walk/ride bike 12.2%
Parent drives them 54.6%
Takes the bus 33.2%

What are your child’s after school care plans?

Home with parent 64.1%
After-school daycare/school program 16.4%
Child stays home alone 6.8%
Child stays with friend/family 7.3%
Other 5.5%

How much time does your child spend on homework each night?

10-30 minutes 35.2%
30 minutes to 1 hour 8.2%
1-2 hours 21.4%
More than 2 hours 5.3%

Are your child’s homework assignments acceptable?

No, teachers give too much 18.6%
Yes, it’s about right 76.1%
No, teachers need to give more 5.3%

How should schools handle bullying?

Encourage children to work it out 6.8%
Notify parents at the first sign of trouble 22.5%
Counseling/teacher interference 42.6%
Strict discipline 28%

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