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posted: 8/16/2013 12:01 AM

Poll Vault: When should kids have their own phones?

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  • Many parents feel safer because their children have phones.

      Many parents feel safer because their children have phones.


If your middle-school son complains that he's the only one in his class without a phone, he's likely not exaggerating.

A 2012 study by ORC International for the National Consumers League revealed that 56 percent of parents of children ages 8 to 12 had given their kids cellphones. And the older a child is, the more likely he or she is to have a device.

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When is the best time to bestow an iPhone 5 or Galaxy S4? Should younger kids have phones that are only, well, phones -- with no cameras or Internet access?

If you've already provided your child with a phone, do you have any limits in place on calling or texting? Do you monitor their recent calls and messages?

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