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Date:4/11/2008

income level.

More specifically: 33 percent of children surveyed own a cell phone themselves; 85 percent use a cell phone regularly (their own or a parent's or sibling's); 65 percent "almost always" took a cell phone with them when leaving home; 87 percent talk on the mobile less than 10 minutes a day, while 10 percent used up time 11 to 20 minutes daily; 17 percent talk on the cell when walking outside.

The key author of this study, Kayla Fanaei, was shot dead on Oct. 8, 2007, as she pulled into an elementary school parking lot to avoid conducting a cell phone conversation while driving. The lab of David C. Schwebel, which conducted both studies, finished her work.

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SOURCES: Katherine Byington, doctoral student, psychology department, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Judy Schaechter, M.D., associate professor, pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and director, Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami; April 11-12, 2008, presentations, National Conference on Child Health Psychology, Miami Beach, Fla.


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