Everyone seems to have a cell phone these days - even kids - and the wireless industry is quickly closing in on the one remaining demographic... pre-teens. There has been a growing trend that's making a cell phone a MUST HAVE for kids as young as 6 years old.
Of course, most parents are very alarmed at this trend and they balk at the necessity of a cell phone for their child. In addition to the cost there are big concerns that if kids are getting cell phone in first grade, what will their list of requests include in Grade 5?
Of course the wireless industry is smart. They prey upon parents who work full-time by luring them with the tracking capabilities of their specialized phones and by using names like 'Chaperone' to make parents feel like they'd be doing a disservice to their children by denying them a phone.