“The intervention came one night during dinner,” a friend recently told me, “when my four-year-old son pleaded, ‘Dad, would you please put that away? I’m trying to talk to you.’” He hesitated before adding, “I knew my cell phone use was out of control because the next night I snuck into the bathroom during dinner to check my messages so he...More...
Tag: Cell Phones
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • March 27, 2014
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • September 2, 2011
In your book you say parents of preteen children, as is our case, should know their friends and parents. We agree fully. We have decided that we would like to limit our 12 year old daughter's cell phone contacts to friends we know/parents we know. This would require us to remove most of her contacts from her ALLOW list. Is this an appropriate approach as my concern is not...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • May 26, 2011
I took away my teenager's phone last weekend and she made it seem like I had destroyed her social life. She seems obsessed. What is the deal with teenagers and cell phones?
Maria, New Mexico
Think you can live for a week without your cell phone or the Internet? It's might be tough. But for your daughter, and many other...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • October 8, 2010
My third grader is begging for a cell phone. How old should children be before they get one?
Your daughter is begging for a cell phone along with millions of other young children. Cell phones have become a very hot commodity, even for children. Among other things, cell phones have become status symbols in youth culture. Companies are only too happy...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • October 8, 2010We just answered a question on teenagers and cell phones. Here are some suggestions for ways to help your child get the most out of their cell phone!
- Decide what limits you think are appropriate. Limits might include number of text messages per month, time limits, technology free times and places, cell phone etiquette...