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Study: Cell phones, crosswalks danger for children

A new study, published in the latest issue of Pediatrics, could make you think twice before giving a cell phone to your youngster.

Researchers found children that are talking on a cell phone don't look both ways before crossing the street. This makes them 43 percent more likely to step into traffic and get run over.

"I think it's more dangerous to have [cell phones] because kids don't watch," said Carmen Raburn, parent of a sixth grader at Bushland Middle School."They just dial and talk and don't care what is all around them."

Other parents at the school say giving their child a cell phone gives them a piece of mind.

"At Bushland, cell phones are a good thing. And the reason they are a good thing is, we are a remote community and we have people from quite a large area that they are away from their kids," said Mark Reasor, Bushland Middle School Principal.

Still, Reasor says Bushland Middle will take a proactive approach on the issue. The school will host technology safety seminars for parents. The CareNet Parent Session will be on Thursday, February 26th at 6:00pm.

You can purchase a phone plan that only allows the child to make emergency calls to parents or 911. Experts also suggest to instruct kids to end conversations before stepping up to the curb.

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