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For many cell phone owners, safety is a primary benefit. Fully 98% of parents agree with
the statement: "A major reason my child has a cell phone is so we can be in touch no
matter where he/she is." Every African -American parent in our survey whose teenage
child has a cell phone agreed with this assertion, as did 98% of white parents and 95% of
Hispanic parents. Moreover, personal safety is a significant factor among those who own cell phones.
Fully 94% of parents and 93% of those ages 12 -17 agreed with the statement: "I feel
safer because I can always use my cell phone to get help." Girls and mothers are more
likely than boys and fathers to agree with that. Some 97% of teen girls ages 12 -to -17
who own cell phones and 98% of the mothers who own cell phones agree with the
statement that they feel safer "because I can always use my cell phone to get help." That
compares with 89% of teen boys and 89% of fathers who say they agree with that
Pew Internet & American Life Project
statement. Every single girl respondent in our survey who was age...
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