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Daily Q&A: Do you have tips for people buying cell phones for kids?

What tips do you have for people looking to buy cell phones for their children?

There are a variety of issues parents have to consider when buying cell phones for children these days. With all of the technology on a cell phone, minors are finding themselves in the kinds of trouble that is heart-breaking.

Kelly Starling, a spokeswoman for AT&T, suggests parents consider prepaid options and parental controls when buying cell phones for children.

Starling says providers also offer restrictions on the account if cost is a big concern.

Consumersresearch.com says companies such as Firefly and TicTalk sell phones and calling plans aimed at young users.

"These phones are drastically pared down (many don't even have usable buttons; instead, parents input a preapproved list of numbers that can be dialed with one touch)."

GPS chips help parents who want to know where their child is at all times.

For more tips and suggestions, visit: www.consumersearch.com/article/cell-phones-for-kids-important-buying-advice

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Daily Q&A: Do you have tips for people buying cell phones for kids? 12/15/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 1:25pm]
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