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phone ’s purchase. "I was also twelve. I got it …um, my mom got it for me to
communicate with my parents, if I was walking, going to be late from school, or
walking home. I didn ’t care that much about it, it was cool to have, but I got along fine
without it." Parents and limits on cell phone use.
Although parents often facilitate the initial purchase of a mobile phone, they seldom
obtain a phone for their teen and then step out of the picture. Phones are regulated by
parents and used as parenting tools. Parents often place limits on the times of day their
teen can use his or her phone, as well as the numbers of minutes they can use or texts
they may send. Parents look at the contents of their teen ’s phone, use the phone to
monitor their child ’s location and take the phone away as punishment. About two -thirds (64%) of parents say that they look at the contents of their child ’s
phone, including looking at the address book, call log, text messages or pictures. Another
two -thirds (62%) have...
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- Fall '13
- cell phone, American life project, mobile phones