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Tweens and cell phones: Setting the rules of the road

Tweens and cell phones: Setting the rules of the roadManaging usage of your tween’s new cell phone can easily become a source of conflict unless clear rules are set ahead of time. Since each tween is different, the rules they are expected to follow will differ. However, there are many areas that parents and tweens should have an understanding about to ensure responsible use.

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Things to consider: Shopping for a tween's cell phone

OnceThings to consider: Shopping for a tween's cell phone  you have a good grasp on what exactly your want out of your tween’s cell phone experience, it’s time to start shopping. You may want to start online. There are dozens of Web sites that offer consumer reviews of cell service, handsets, and features. Checking these out first can help you narrow your choices before you check out the carriers’ Web sites and start being influenced by their marketing hype.

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Parental controls: Managing children's wireless usage

Want to know what your kids are texting or purchasing with their cell phones?Many parents have come to the decision that their kids need access to wireless phones - for safety and peace of mind. Luckily, most carriers offer a variety of helpful features that give parents and caregivers a say in what their children see and do with their souped-up phones.

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