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Kids With Cell Phones: How Young Is Too Young?

• http://detroit.cbslocal.com, Vickie Thomas

How young is too young?

A study by the National Consumers League says 60 percent of U.S. parents offer cell phones to 10 and 11-year-old children.

CBS News reports the National Consumers League, commissioned the study the 2012 study; and since then, that average age has gotten even younger, and the prevalence of cell phones among teens and pre-teens has nearly doubled ? according to Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and senior director of research at the Consumer Electronics Association.

"Today about 80 percent of teens between 12 and 17 own a cell phone, and about half of those own a smart phone," said DuBravac. "That's about twice the rate from just two years ago."

Dropping her kindergartner off at Charles Wright Academy in Detroit ? a pre-K through fourth grade school ? parent Kaishia Burns said her younger child does not have a phone; but her son Keion, who attends fifth grade in another building, does.

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