News from The Associated Press: ". . . child development experts say that physical and behavioral changes that would have been typical of teenagers decades ago are now common among 'tweens' - kids ages 8 to 12.
Some of them are going on 'dates' and talking on their own cell phones. They listen to sexually charged pop music, play mature-rated video games and spend time gossiping on MySpace. And more girls are wearing makeup and clothing that some consider beyond their years."