Students carrying up to $1000 of gadgets in their backpacks
WITH the new schooling year well under way, parents have been encouraged to make sure their children's costly technology items are insured.
Research has shown 8% of Australian high school students are carrying up to $1000 worth of technology items with them daily.
The survey of 375 Australian parents with school children more than 12 years old showed 73% carry a mobile phone, 38% carry a laptop and 27% carry a tablet computer.
NRMA Insurance spokesperson Tracy Woodley said theft or loss of these items is an emerging insurance issue and is reminding parents to ensure these valuables are protected when taken outside the home.
"Students have such a strong appetite for technology and living in a digital world, technology is more and more a central part of the classroom and for family communication," she said.
"Children find themselves in situations or locations where their items or backpack may be lost or stolen. When you think about the cost of replacing these technology items, parents could be up for hundreds if not thousands of dollars."