Kids and Phones: Calling for trouble?

By: Staff

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

According to data released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 75 percent of children between 12 and 17 have a cell phone.

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

Smartphones typically have a sophisticated operating system that allows the phone to run productivity and entertainment applications.

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

That would be parental controls.

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

According to the folks at Consumer Reports, the price range for a conventional cell phone is $20 to $150.

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

According to a report released by The Pew Internet & American Life Project in 2006, 74 percent of mobile phone owners claimed to have used their phones in an emergency situation.

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

Yes, this is a popular parental control feature.

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

A recent report published by C & R Research suggests that 22 percent of 6 to 11 year olds have cell phones.

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

The right answer is security and safety.

Can phones with parental controls disable Internet access completely?

Yes. This is another common feature on phones with Internet access and parental controls.

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?

In 2004, around 35 percent of kids between 12 and 17 had access to cell phones for personal use.

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?

That would be a wristwatch.

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

Probably not. Phones for young children often feature a limited number of keys preprogrammed with home and emergency numbers.

What is a QWERTY keyboard?

That would be a keyboard with the keys arranged as they would be on a computer or typewriter.

Are disposable cell phones really made to throw away?

No. You can and should recycle them. They have plastic parts that are great for recycling. Check your nearest plastic recycling center for more information.

Do schools even allow the use of cell phones?

Yes, most schools allow cell phones on the premises but restrict their use during school hours.

What is sexting?

Sexting is the practice of sending sexually explicit messages or photos via mobile phone. It's a big concern for parents and lawmakers alike.

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

Establish guidelines and monitor your child's phone use from time to time.

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

The answer is both of the above.

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

Your child can't run up high monthly charges.

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

Yes, you may be able to convert a prepaid phone to your family calling plan if the phone is compatible. Do your homework before you buy.

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