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Unformatted text preview: ents of younger teens. Focus group discussions with teens bore out these findings. Asked when and why they first got a cell phone, most teens cited the safety, security and ease of communication with parents provided by cell phones as the initial reason they got one. Many said that getting a cell phone was their parents ’ idea, not their own. Typical is the story of one high school boy, who explained that he got his cell phone "when I was twelve …my mom got it for me to communicate with my parents, if I was 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." Other teens expressed similar sentiments; one high school girl said, "My parents were more of the instigators and actually got it for me, rather than me asking for it," while a middle school boy explained, "I was ten, but I didn ’t really need it. But my parents thought it was time I get one." It was clear from the focus groups that at least in the beginning, parents rely mo...
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