Depending on the needs of your family, even a child as young as nine may be given a phone. However, you must insist that it is used properly. Just as you monitor your child's time in front of the TV or computer, so should you check on your child's use of his cell phone.
But how can you do this? Click through the gallery below for suggestions.
For more advice on guiding your kids on their use of technology, read these FN articles:
- Switch Off the Set: 7 Tips for Managing your Kids' TV Habits
- New Study: TV and Video Games Contribute to Kids’ Attention Problems + 10 Unplugged Indoor Activities for Children
- New Study: Limiting Your Toddler's TV Time Could Lead to Smarter, Healthier Kids
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(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Raising Kids section as "Gv Me Fone" on March 2004; adapted for use in Female Network)
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