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Teens and she agreed with this statement and 95% of the older teen girls – those ages 14 -17 – agreed. 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
statement. Every single girl respondent in our survey who was age 12 or 13 said she
agreed with this statement and 95% of the older teen girls – those ages 14 -17 – agreed. In contrast to the near -universal appeal of the safety dimensions of cell ownership, this
study wanted to see if parents felt that maintaining their child ’s friendships was a
primary motivation for acquiring this new communication tool. Just 36% of parents
with a teenager who has a cell phone agreed with the statement: "A major reason my
child has a cell phone is to keep in touch with friends." Fathers (44%) were more likely
than mothers (31%) to agree that a major reason their children had cell phones was to
keep in touch with friends. Parents of older teens were more likely to agree with this
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