Kids carry valuables worth over £200 to school

1 September 2014

As the school term starts, kids are carrying more than £201 worth of valuables to and from school each day, a new study has revealed.

And almost half (47%) of parents are happy for their children to take valuable gadgets, jewellery and other costly items to school, according to research from specialist insurance provider Policy Expert.

One in five (22%) parents even allows their kids to take valuables worth more than £250 out and about with them each day.

Parents generally allow their kids to take a mobile phone or tablet to school with them from the age of 11, so it's not surprising to learn that the most popular valuable in a British child's school bag is a mobile phone, with 36% of kids carrying one to school with them.

Some 9% of children regularly take an iPad or tablet to school with them, with other popular valuables including musical instruments (7%), hand-held games consoles (4%) and laptops (3%).

Insurance implications

While parents may be willing to allow their kids to take valuables away from home, many are unaware of the insurance implications if goods are lost or stolen - 55% of parents who took part in the online survey 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 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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