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Calling All Parents: What do you know about kids and cell phones?
by Staff
Kids are getting cell phones at younger and younger ages these days. But how exactly do they use them? And is cell phone use by kids even safe? See how much you know about cell phones and kids by taking this quiz.

What percentage of kids ages 12 to 17 have a cell phone?

  • 65
  • 75
  • 85

In which age group has cell phone ownership increased most dramatically?

  • 8- to 9-year-olds
  • 9- to 10-year-olds
  • 10- to 11-year-olds

Who are 6- to 11-year-olds calling the most?

  • Mom and Dad
  • friends
  • Grandma and Grandpa

What are kids normally doing on their cell phones?

  • talking
  • texting
  • sexting

How many texts does the average teen send per day?

  • 50
  • 100
  • 150

What is the main reason kids text?

  • to make plans
  • to say hello
  • to let someone know where they are

What is one of the major health concerns regarding cell phone usage among kids?

  • brain cancer
  • arthritis in the fingers
  • hearing loss

Another concern regarding kids and cell phones is "sexting." What is that?

  • taking your cell phone to bed with you
  • asking someone on a date via text message
  • sending sexually suggestive text messages, photos, etc.

Experts recommend putting an "ICE" number in kids' cell phone address books. What's ICE?

  • the number to call "In Case of Emergency"
  • the number for the nearest ice cream shop
  • the number to call "In Cell Emergency," meaning your child is almost out of minutes

About what percentage of teens text while driving?

  • 25
  • 50
  • 75

Under what type of cell phone plan are most teens covered?

  • prepaid
  • family plan
  • individual contract

What is the major determining factor in the type of cell phone plan a child will have?

  • household income
  • race
  • number of kids in family

What type of texting plan do most teens have?

  • unlimited plan
  • limited plan
  • pay-per-text

What specific teen demographic is most likely to have unlimited texting?

  • Boys 14 to 17
  • Girls 14 to 17
  • Girls 13 to 15

There are specially designed cell phones for young users. What built-in parental features do these typically have?

  • a video clip of the parents reminding the child of his chores
  • limits on the number of minutes and/or text messages that can be used
  • limits on the number of calls placed per day

What are two of the top rules of cell phone etiquette that your child should learn?

  • no phones at the table and no jabbering on your phone if someone's right next to you
  • no phones on the street or in the car
  • no texting in school or during vacation

Texting can actually improve your health. How?

  • It helps improve manual dexterity in your hands and fingers.
  • It helps improve the brain circuitry involved in mechanical and technical subjects.
  • Health-related text messages can be sent to remind you to take your medicine or not have a smoke.

What percentage of teens sleep with their cell phones on or near the bed?

  • 46
  • 66
  • 86

Why do teens sleep with their cell phones on?

  • to stay connected
  • for its clock/alarm feature
  • both of the above

Who gets most annoyed when a cell phone call or text interrupts them?

  • parents
  • boys
  • girls