Joe is our first up and coming teenager, and hence we're trying to figure out our policy regarding the technological issues that are new to us and going to be issues with each up and coming child in line. We haven't figured out what we want to do yet, seeing as we didn't use them when we were teens. Joe got an iphone last year for Christmas. The novelty of it wore off pretty quickly since we didn't buy him a phone plan, he basically just used it as an itouch. He stopped using it over the summer and tried to trade it in for a basketball hoop (which we didn't get yet). But then he started using the kid's cell phone to text and we didn't like that too much, seeing him hurry to text beeps from his pal across the street who he can call and spends most of the day with anyway, just kinda seemed dumb. (No complaints about his BFF though, they are both great kids)
So, yes, a new experience is upon us with our first teenager, who shall officially "teen" next month. Melodie, it will be interesting to see how Jr. High changes this angel. I guess along as she still is in love with her guinea pigs and more interested in them than with talking on the phone, we're still safe.