By Theresa Howard, USA TODAY
NEW YORK — The days when parents sent their kids out to roam the neighborhood with a simple, "Be home before dinner," are over.
To stay connected, kids today are tethered to friends and family through cellphones. By their teen years, about 70% of kids have cellphones, bought largely because of parents' safety concerns.
As with earlier generations, youngsters still are more likely to communicate with friends over family — and can easily dodge unwanted calls from parents.
Disney Mobile has crafted a cellphone service that helps ensure that kids don't hang up on the folks.