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Parents Can Crack Down on Child's Cell Phone Use

"Let's face it everybody grows up one day and are no longer on their parent's cell phone bills," said Kristy Synatschk, a youth development agent with the Texas Cooperative Extension. "Let's face it everybody grows up one day and are no longer on their parent's cell phone bills," said Kristy Synatschk, a youth development agent with the Texas Cooperative Extension.

One wireless service provider is now giving parents the ability to crack down on their child's cell phone use, with new technology.

AT&T unveiled the "Smart Limits for Wireless" feature that allows parents to change their cell phone settings through a website. Parents can limit the cut down or eliminate entirely on the number of text messages that are sent. They can also set a time when children can use their phone to make calls, according to a news release by AT&T.

"My daughter now, she's texting and she had to get a new deal because her phone bill was over a hundred dollars. She started off at $59 a month and now its over $100 with the text messaging," said Janice Saunders.

Saunders said she thought the new program was a good idea, and would hopefully also help protect children. Still, some say parents should not rely soley on the program to lower their bill and protect their children.

"Talk to the child, hold them responsible for these issues because this is great it allows a parent to monitor a child, but let's face it everybody grows up one day and are no longer on their parent's cell phone bills," said Kristy Synatschk, a youth development agent with the Texas Cooperative Extension.

The new service will cost users $4.99 a month for each line that the service is used on. 

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