Kids and Phones: Calling for trouble?
by Staff
You're beginning to weaken but still need to find the right phone to get a sense that your child is mature enough to handle the added responsibility. Let's see how much you know about all things mobile with this phone quiz. The answers may sway you one way or the other.

What percentage of kids between the ages of 12 and 17 have cell a phone?

  • 40 percent
  • 75 percent
  • 85 percent

What key feature distinguishes a smartphone from a regular cell phone?

  • Internet access
  • a sophisticated operating system
  • an onboard camera and GPS system

What one big feature do parents look for most when shopping for a child's phone?

  • price
  • parental controls
  • service limits

What's the price range for a conventional cell phone?

  • $15 to $75
  • $20 to $150
  • $50 to $250

What percentage of Americans report having used a cell phone in an emergency?

  • 45 percent
  • 74 percent
  • 85 percent

Can parental controls disable a phone for portions of the school day?

  • sometimes
  • yes
  • no

About how many children between the ages of 6 and 11 have cell phones?

  • 14 percent
  • 22 percent
  • 35 percent

What's the biggest reason parents buy cell phones for their kids?

  • because all the other kids have them
  • security and safety
  • to avoid arguments

Can phones with parental controls disable Internet access completely?

  • sometimes
  • yes
  • no

Although 75 percent of kids ages 12 to 17 have cell phones, that figure was very different back in 2004. How many kids in that age group owned cell phones back then?

  • 18 percent
  • 35 percent
  • 42 percent

A few decades ago, kids were still keen on sporting the latest personal technology. Back in the days before computers and cell phones, what tech gift was considered a rite of passage?

  • a radio
  • a wristwatch
  • a decoder ring

Are the phones designed for really young kids like regular phones?

  • yes
  • probably not
  • no

What is a QWERTY keyboard?

  • a tablet touch keyboard
  • a keyboard with the keys arranged as they would be on a computer
  • a full-sized keyboard

Are disposable cell phones really made to throw away?

  • No. You can recharge them.
  • No. You can recycle them.
  • You bet.

Do schools even allow the use of cell phones?

  • Yes, but only specific phones.
  • Yes, but there are stringent rules and limitations.
  • No. Most schools ban cell phones.

What is sexting?

  • making sexually explicit videos and posting them on social media sites
  • sending sexually explicit messages or photos over a mobile phone
  • viewing sexually explicit material while driving

What's the best way to make sure your child is using his cell phone wisely?

  • Buy a phone with parental controls and use them all.
  • Establish guidelines and monitor your child's phone use.
  • Pay attention to the monthly bill.

What's one big reason to try a prepaid cell phone before buying your child an expensive phone?

  • He won't know what he likes until he uses a phone for a while.
  • Kids lose or destroy their phones at an alarming rate.
  • Both of the above.

What's one of the big advantages to providing your child with a prepaid phone?

  • Prepaid phones are often discounted for quick sale.
  • He can't run up high monthly charges.
  • The phone has built-in security features.

Can you convert a prepaid phone to your family calling plan?

  • Yes, but only if it's a high-end model.
  • You can if it's compatible.
  • No. Never.