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Two recent articles about the dangers of cell phones to kids made me want to channel my inner Luddite and destroy every screen in my house.
The first was Sloan Ryan’s “I’m a 37-Year-Old Mom & I Spent Seven Days Online as an 11-Year-Old Girl. Here’s What I Learned” detailing her undercover work exposing the tactics of child predators. The other was courtesy of Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa: “When 6th graders can access rape porn on their smartphones, school becomes toxic.” The title tells you everything you need to know about what her middle school daughter has experienced.
Fears - Experiences - Role - Parent - Kids
Regardless of the fears these experiences raise, however, my role as a parent is not to ensure my kids are happy and protected from every possible harm. My job is to train them to be self-sufficient warriors.
Parents are best positioned to know exactly what medical treatment, school environment, and technology each individual child is capable of managing at each stage of his or her development. Involved, engaged moms and dads are the best answer to nearly every challenge currently facing our nation.
Cell - Phone - Training - Husband - Model
So with cell phone training, my husband and I follow the same model that we use for any other task that demands a thorough education, whether it’s doing laundry, managing money, or testifying to our pro-life convictions:
Step 1. I do, you watch.
Step 2. I do, you help.
Step 3. You do, I help.
Step 4. You do, I watch.
By the time they are in middle school, your kids should have seen you use your phone well (Step 1) both in how often and what you’re looking at (if you’re worried about what your kids will see if they grab your phone, you need to make some changes). Your kids should also have “helped” you use your phone (Step 2).
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