In an article carried by The Sun News of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Cox News Service reports on the dramatic increase in pre-teens who have their own cell phones. Some 40 percent of kids in the 12-14 age range now carry cell phones, which have become a clear status symbol for this generation. And although it gives parents a certain peace of mind to know their kids can contact them in an emergency, it has also led to higher bills due to increased use of text-messaging services.