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Common Sense Media: Parents' Guide to Kids and Cell Phones

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Parents' Guide to Kids and Cell Phones

At some point, most of us decide that our kids are ready for a phone -- so they can call when they get off the bus, need a ride, or just check in. That's when you discover that it's nearly impossible to find a phone with only the features you need -- namely, the ability to receive and make phone calls.

Most phones -- even basic models -- are tiny handheld computers, with features that put a lot of power in little hands. Kids can take photos, text, access the Internet, watch YouTube, play games, download music ... and even make calls.

Cell phones give kids access to the world in ways that you can't predict. A little advanced preparation, including rules, guidance, and expectations, can go a long way toward protecting your kids. — Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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