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More Kids With Cell Phones

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - According to recent studies more and more kids are carrying cell phones to school and out with their friends.

A study from Weekly Reader Research found that over 50 percent of kids between the ages of 6 and 18 have cell phones and other studies from cell phone companies suggest similar findings.

Tri-City teachers said middle school students are told to keep their cell phones in their lockers but in the high schools it is a little more lenient.

High School Administrators said that students are allowed to have their cell phones with them, but they must be turned off or silent.  However, both students and teachers said kids are seen throughout the halls using their phones mostly for text messaging.

A number of Tri-City parents say they bought their kids a phone so they could track them down at the push of a button and wanted them to be prepared in case of an emergency.

13-year-old Zack Tamburello got his cell phone in February and said it has made his life a lot easier.  He said if he wants to ask his parents for permission about something he just calls them on the phone.  He said, "Otherwise, I have to run over there (to a pay phone) or go back home.  It's a lot easier."

The study also found that 67 percent of kids use their phone to send text messages and local teachers agreed.  They said students are sending texting messages rather than making phone calls.  Some teens even said their parent use text messaging too.