Have you had the cell phone talk with your child yet? It started when my daughter was in fifth grade. But mom! All of my friends have a cell phone. Why can t I? she begged. Because you don t need one I replied.

An estimated four out of five teenagers now carry cell phones. And the pressure to get one can be enormous even for younger kids. Some parents give their children a phone so they can stay in constant contact. But for other kids, it s simply a status symbol.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering a phone for your kids. Is the child old enough? Are they responsible? Will they lose it? Also, smart phones can provide unrestricted internet access, so consider whether you want to disable the internet or monitor your child s use.

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