Lisa Foderaro in the NYT looks at the mobile phone market for tweens (8-12 year-olds) and how the decisions are being made by parents to buy them. More are doing it.
Some 6.6 million of the 20 million American children in that age range had cellphones by the end of 2006, according to an analysis by the Yankee Group ...which projects there will be 10.5 million preteen cellphone users by 2010.
A reminder that the digital natives are getting further ahead of the adult adoption curve for new technologies. During a lunch conversation yesterday about social media a group of us became involved in a discussion of 'what all of this is doing to the kids.' A perspective I added was that this was the same conversation our parents were having about the effects on us of growing up with television and transistor radios (remember them - the first portable electronic entertainment?).
Photo and quote via Lynetter.