9 Ways to Survive Your Kids and Their Cell Phones:

  1. Sibling RivalryA contract!  Sit and discuss this new technology with your children.  Actually sign an agreement.  Take the time to formally discuss this new responsibility with your children.  I love Janell Burley Hoffman’s cell phone contract  from the Huffigton Post : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/janell-burley-hofmann/iphone-contract-from-your-mom_b_2372493.html#
  2. Bedtime Rules?  Where are your children’s cell phones kept while they are sleeping?  Not their bedrooms!  I made the mistake of not setting this rule from the beginning.  It’s too tempting for a pre-teen or teenager to keep texting into the wee hours of the night.  Cell phones do not get charged in children’s bedrooms at bedtime.
  3. House Rules?  Are your children allowed to be at home with their cell phones in their back pockets?  This decision will depend on the age of your child.  Once into teenage years, you won’t have much luck with this, but children under the age of 12  are too young to make this an incessant social need.  A “Drop Spot”, “Phone Basket”, or “Central Charging Station”, are good places for cell phones once your younger children walk through the front door.
  4. Dinner Table Texting?  No way! We see it you lose it.  End of story.
  5.  Guests? Teach your children that checking your phone or texting other people while they have guests is a big NO NO.
  6.  Same goes when they are speaking to any adults (especially you).
  7.  Just Because You Sent It Doesn’t Mean It Was Read!  This has been the most difficult lesson to teach my teenage girls.  Sending a text is never a substitution for a phone call!  Changes of plans and whereabouts are communicated by phone.  Not text.
  8.  Why Won’t You Answer?  The most important role of this cell phone is to facilitate communication between parent and child.  Remind your children to keep phones turned on when they are not at home and to always respond to phone calls and texts from you. This is the primary reason they have been given this piece of technology.
  9.  Password Please?  Always, always, have the password to your child’s phone.  No discussion.


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