Dating cell phones
So every now and then I'm going to check to make sure you're using it responsibly and respectfully.' Then make it an ongoing dialogue: 'Have you gotten weird texts? Neither Knorr nor Evans recommends them unless your child is showing a pattern of getting into trouble."Most kids don't need GPS trackers on them," Evans says.In one survey, more than half of teens aged 16-17 who own cell phones said they have talked on the phone while driving, and a third of those teens who text admitted that they have texted while driving. So kids think they can text and pay attention to the road, but in reality they can't."Lots of kids think they can multi-task," Lori Evans, MD, director of training in psychology at the NYU Child Study Center, says. That's dangerous." Talk to your teen about the risks.And 28% of all traffic accidents are caused by drivers using a phone to text or call, according to the National Safety Council.Don't assume your teen won't use a phone while driving.But parents have to do their research and talk to their children and make sure they're using the phones safely themselves, too." As your child becomes more independent (think middle schoolers or high schoolers), they're closer to needing a phone than younger children whom you still take everywhere. "And they don't want their parents snooping around.
That's partly why many parents are buying their kids cell phones.
In a recent survey, four out of five cell-owning teens sleep with their phone on or by their beds, and teens who text were 42% more likely than those who don't to keep their device close at night in case they got a text. You can set some ground rules with a phone curfew to ensure your child gets a good night’s rest. A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study shows it’s the most distracting task a driver can do.