When I was a teenager we had pagers, not cell phones. Today, when a kid turns four parents start to think he or she needs his or her own cell phone. While I understand technology can be a great tool for youth, and giving a child a cell phone can be a precautionary measure, I do believe cell phones used among youth has gotten out of control.
According to the AP, 13.5 million kids ages 13 to 17 own a cellphone and text-messaging is wildly popular. The worst bit is many kids get sucked into the online downloads vortex perpetuated by TV ads offering "free ring" tones without knowing they will be paying for the service because they aren't footing the bill.