Dating cell phones
If your child has a cell phone, you can call or text him to find out where he is and what he's doing and inform him of your own plans.
It can make you feel safer just knowing where your kids are.
Twice as many children have cell phones now as in 2004.
Most teens -- 85% of those aged 14 to 17 -- have cell phones.
In one survey, more than half of teens aged 16-17 who own cell phones said they have talked on the phone while driving, and a third of those teens who text admitted that they have texted while driving. So kids think they can text and pay attention to the road, but in reality they can't.
Other research has found that talking on the phone -- hands-free or not -- affects driving ability as much as drinking alcohol.
She says, "We want our kids to be independent, to be able to walk home from school and play at the playground without us. "Kids in carpools may not need phones, but kids traveling on a subway or walking to school may.
We want them to have that old-fashioned, fun experience of being on their own, and cell phones can help with that. It's about who they are as individuals, what's going on in their lives, and how much they can handle, not a certain age or grade." Should you check who your child is calling and what she's tweeting? "I know that kids consider mobile devices to be personal property," she says.
Think beyond your child's age before making the cell phone decision. The rate at which kids mature varies -- it will even be different among siblings." And think long and hard about whether your child actually needs rather than wants that phone.
Caroline Knorr, parenting editor with the nonprofit group Common Sense Media, says, "Maturity and the ability to be responsible are more important than a child's numerical age. "Children really only need phones if they're traveling alone from place to place," Evans says.
Sleep (or Lack Thereof) If your child has her cell phone with her at bedtime, will she actually go to sleep or will she stay up and text?