Most schools treat the phone as a disruptive force that must be managed and often excluded from the school and the classroom.
Even though most schools treat the phone as something to be contained and regulated, teens are nevertheless still texting frequently in class.
Daily text messaging by teens to friends has increased rapidly since early 2008.
Some 38% of teens were daily texters in February 2008, and that has risen to 54% of teens who use text daily in September 2009.
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In fact, the latter is one of the primary reasons many parents acquire a cell phone for their child.
Still, for some teens, using the internet from their mobile phone is “too expensive.” Teens from low-income households, particularly African-Americans, are much more likely than other teens to go online using a cell phone.Among cell-owning teens, using the phone for calling is a critically important function, especially when it comes to connecting with their parents.But teens make and receive far fewer phone calls than text messages on their cell phones. White teens typically make or receive 4 calls a day, or around 120 calls a month, while black teens exchange 7 calls a day or about 210 calls a month and Hispanic teens typically make and receive 5 calls a day or about 150 calls a month.However, some teens chafe at the electronic tether to their parents that the phone represents.And a notable number of teens and their parents express conflicting emotions about the constant connectivity the phone brings to their lives; on the one hand, it can be a boon, but on the other hand, it can result in irritating interruptions.If disabled the content or the functionality of the website can be limited or unavailable.