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Kids on Cells

Your child's almost certainly too young for a cell if he's rarely out of your sight. But if he's roaming the neighborhood, you might consider one of the new kids' models, like the Verizon Wireless LG Migo ( Who will my child call? All three let parents restrict access by programming preapproved numbers. The Firefly and TicTalk offer 22 numbers; the LG Migo, 5.

Is it worth the money? The phones retail for $80 to $100, not counting service.

Can he keep track of a cell? And will he use his minutes wisely?

Should it be a tool or a toy? The TicTalk does double duty; it comes loaded with a variety of LeapFrog educational games.