Here is what Charles Fay has to say about cell phones:
More and more really good kids are getting in big trouble with cell phones. Teachers are pulling their hair out over students who spend more time text messaging than learning. Some students are even using phones to take inappropriate pictures of test answers…and each other! Teen drivers and cell phones create havoc…and death!
Parents are finding themselves in constant battles with their kids over huge cell phone bills, lost phones, stolen phones, damaged phones, phones being used at the dinner table and during church, phones being taken away at school, etc.
Here are some suggestions:
- Be a good model. Don’t use your phone while driving, and show respect for others by turning it off when you should.
- Let your child know that they can have a phone only when they can pay for the privilege.
- Don’t fall into the trap of believing that your kid has to have a phone for safety reasons.
- If the phone is lost, stolen, or taken away at school, it’s gone. Don’t buy them another.
- Take it away if it becomes a problem.