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6.6 million American children between the ages of 8 and 12 own cell phones.  A New York Times article explored some of the reasons why parents purchase cell phones for their kids and what happens when they do.

Aside from those who finally cave to their children’s repeated requests for phones, many parents purchase cell phones for security reasons, wanting to maintain the ability to be just a phone call away.   

Peer and sibling envy, classroom interruptions, phone bills, and questions of materialism are some of the problems that arise with cell phones among this age group.

Learn more about the health effects of cell phones on the CMCH website

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