It's bad enough that preteens today - in this age of caller ID - will never know the pleasures of a great prank call. And now, it seems, they'll never be able to tell their parents they are going to the mall and the movies and go to New Orleans instead (as we did many a night).
On April 13, Sprint Nextel rolled out a cell phone service that allows parents to pinpoint where their children are by tracking their cell phone. The parents can flip open their phone or log onto the Internet and find their child's location on a map.
The technology uses a global positioning system (GPS). The service is called Family Locator. Once a family signs up, an application is loaded onto the parent phone. It costs an extra $9.99 a month.