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Should a 10-Year-Old Own A BlackBerry?

MSN recently featured an interesting story on the debate of whether or not parents should buy mobile devices for their preteens.

The piece lead with a description of Robert, a typical 10-year-old who came home from summer camp and asked his parents for a BlackBerry because one of his counselors had one. That sounds shocking, but according to MSN, a 2006 study found that more than 50 percent of the "tween" population (8- to 12-year-olds) will be using cell phones by 2010.

While I wholeheartedly understand that cell phones can be a great security system for young children - particularly those going back and forth between two houses - I can't fathom why a 10-year-old might need a BlackBerry. What do you think?


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