Parents exert some measure of control over their child’s mobile phone – limiting its uses, checking its contents and using it to monitor the whereabouts of their offspring.
In fact, the latter is one of the primary reasons many parents acquire a cell phone for their child.
Some 38% of teens were daily texters in February 2008, and that has risen to 54% of teens who use text daily in September 2009.
Of the 75% of teens who own cell phones, 87% use text messaging at least occasionally.
Cell phones are not just about calling or texting – with expanding functionality, phones have become multimedia recording devices and pocket-sized internet connected computers.Among teen cell phone owners: Teens who have multi-purpose phones are avid users of those extra features.The most popular are taking and sharing pictures and playing music: The majority of teens are on family plans where someone else foots the bill.However, with a few notable exceptions, these activities by parents do not seem to impact patterns of cell phone use by teens.Most schools treat the phone as a disruptive force that must be managed and often excluded from the school and the classroom.