Teenagers: Bells Are Ringing

Bells Are Ringing

For teenagers in 25 cities from Los Angeles to Miami, a ten-month-old telephone service known as Scoopline has provided an updated version of the old party line. By dialing a special number, teens can hook into conversations with as many as ten other anonymous callers. Operated by a Los Angeles company called Ultraphone, the service has been a boon to youngsters with a good voice and a gift of gab.

But the anonymity soon attracted oddballs. A father in New Mexico came home to find his 13-year-old daughter being visited by a 26-year-old man who had posed as a teen on...

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