My nieces and nephew visited recently and I was floored that all three of the girls (including the eight year old) already have their own cell phones. What really bowled me over was when we sat down to eat and all three girls and their mother were texting all through all our meals (except thanksgiving dinner thankfully ;-)). My nephew had his DS at the table. Even my six-year-old daughter Alice was taken aback enough to say something about it to me later.
It got me thinking about:
A. When do most kids get their first cell these days?
B. How do parents decide when their kids are responsible enough to have their own personal phone?
Both of these questions were answered on SE here; There were varying opinions, but the general idea I liked most was that they should get the phone when they are paying for it (which also answers the responsibility question).
But that still left me with the question,
What limits should be set along with the first phone to help avoid having your own child exhibit such behavior? as well as other cell use behaviors that would be equally inappropriate.