New cell phone aimed at children

DENVER, C.O. (CBS) – How young is too young for cell phones? It’s a question many parents are pondering as technology increases.

Sprint has unveiled a new kid-friendly cell phone that’s being marketed for a very young demographic: 5- to 12-year-olds. News 4 checked and found the product is available here in Western New York.

The phone is being advertised all over the internet. It has a string to pull in case of emergencies. Parents can even program in very specific numbers their children are allowed to call.

Some educators say they are surprised by how many children bring cell phones to school but say they understand that it’s a good way for students to get in touch with their families.

Some parents in Colorado question the need for a phone. One said, “I have an 8- and 11-year-old, and I don’t feel there’s a need for cell phones. [There’s] no need to call me.”

Another remarked, “As long as the intended purpose is for communication for family and school, I’m okay with that.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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