65% of parents snoop on kids’ smartphones, and 29% track their location

It’s not just the the NSA or FBI that today’s kids have to worry about snooping on their phones and tracking their locations. Their parents are doing a fine job of that all on their own, thank you very much.A new Harris Interactive poll finds that 65 percent of kids aged 8 to 12 say their parents check their smartphone, while a third of their parents track their locations. Those numbers go down with age, but even up to 17, 43 percent of parents are checking their kids’ phones, and over a third, 35 percent, are doing it without their kids knowledge.As a parent of two teenagers, I find that interesting. I haven’t actually ever checked my 17-year-old daughter’s phone, with or without her knowledge, but I can imagine circumstances in which I’d be sorely tempted.Here’s all the data:[gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="840022,840023,840024,840025"]The media-fueled furor over sexting and other smartphone infractions has certainly had an impact on parent’s behavior with their kids’ mobile devices, but just four percent of teen’s texts involve adult or sexual content, and only two percent contain images. Another two percent of texts from teens contain references to drugs, according to TxtWatcher, which makes a parental spying app that allows parents to keep an eye on what their kids are communicating.According to Harris, A quarter of kids under 17 have a “smartphone contract” with their parents governing what they can or can’t do, and another 19 percent have a curfew after which the device must switched off. For those under 12 with passwords on their phones, just under half must share them with their parents.And in school?Almost half of kids are texting while in class, parents believe, while slightly fewer kids actually admit to it. Which doesn’t, of course, mean that the texts aren’t about legitimate schoolwork questions — although most schools will confiscate devices used in class for a day or two.A quarter of kids aged 8-12 own a smartphone, which rises to 61 percent of teens age 13-18. About 52 percent of adults own a smartphone.

Juniper: Ultracheap smartphone sales to grow 20 times by 2018 while high-end phones suffer

While it seems obvious that cheap smartphones will eventually overtake high-end sales, the real question is when that will happen.According to the latest Smartphone Futures report from Juniper Research, it could just be a few years away. The firm expects “ultra-low cost” smartphone sales to grow to 200 million in 2018, and it predicts only 10 million in sales for that segment next year. With that low-end growth, Juniper says the high-end smartphone market will “diminish proportionally.”Juniper didn’t share details on how it arrived at those figures, but given the explosive growth of the smartphone market over the past five years, I wouldn’t be surprised if its predictions hold true. There’s an increased focus on getting developing countries connected, and we’re seeing things like Firefox’s mobile operating system and Nokia’s Asha line trying to put cheap smartphones in peoples hands. Nielsen recently noted that Russia, Brazil, and India will be the next big mobile battlegrounds.According to Juniper, we’ll also see more innovative approaches in the high-end market. It points to China’s Xiaomi, which offers high-end hardware and low prices offering people additional services. That competition may also spur on the established high-end market leaders, Apple and Samsung, to step up with their own innovation.Juniper also notes that we may see some new smartphone paradigms like the Phonebloks concept, which enables you to build and upgrade your own custom smartphone with a modular design, as well as ethically minded solutions like the Fair Phone.