Kids are growing up too fast

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Brandon Gonzales, 12, has been using a cell phone since he was 10. Almost all of his friends have cell phones, too. His mom, Elizabeth Gonzales, likes knowing that he can call home at any time. "It gives me peace of mind," she said. Kids ages 9 to 12 are the fastest-growing cell phone market. (Renee C. Byer/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

Renee C. Byer

Brandon Gonzales, 12, has been using a cell phone since he was 10. Almost all of his friends have cell phones, too. His mom, Elizabeth Gonzales, likes knowing that he can call home at any time. “It gives me peace of mind,” she said. Kids ages 9 to 12 are the fastest-growing cell phone market. (Renee C. Byer/Sacramento Bee/MCT)