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[User Picture]From: sonbanon Date: March 27th, 2008 - 02:09 pm (Link)
As the parent of a teenage girl, I think a cell phone is necessary. It's the easiest way to keep in touch when we are, frankly, all over the place on any given day. And, like it or not, it's important for her social life. I'm not all that prone to falling for the "everyone has one so I should too!" theory, but in this case, I think it's as necessary socially as is wearing the right clothes to school. (I'm not condoning clones or anything, believe me, but being 13 is HARD.)

As for during school, I think the best way to enforce the "phones off/on silent" rule is for teachers to remind students at the beginning of each class. One teacher told me she hated this idea because she felt it wasn't her responsibility. I think it is; it's her responsibility to educate the students in her class, and limiting cell disruptions is part of that. That of course assumes that kids should be allowed to bring their cells to school, which I think is absolutely necessary in 2008 given Columbine, 9/11, Virginia Tech, etc. On 9/11, I couldn't get through to her school to find out if they were issuing dismissals or not. I was stuck downtown in traffic, so my sitter went to the school to find out and brought her home. A cell phone would have made that so much easier--"Mommy, we have to leave school. Where should I meet you?" I like that she could and did text me when school was evacuated last year because of a gas leak. She was nervous because the administrators didn't explain the evacuation, and I was able to comfort her via text and suggest she simply ask why they'd been evacuated. Seems easy for an adult to figure out to do that, but kids really do think differently. (Btw, schools also need to get on the ball with this and send either mass texts or emails when these situations arise. Her high school mentioned they'll be implementing something next year, but sheesh--next year? They should have started this on 9/12, frankly.)

All that said, balance between technology and face-time is important. Both are essential. There is a lot of necessary face-time in the real world, even if the bulk of your or my everyday life happens electronically. Those times when we need to do things in person are important and shouldn't be taken lightly. Thus, practice doing things in person is important for adolescents for their future.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: March 27th, 2008 - 05:57 pm (Link)
well, I think we're in total agreement on the technology side, and I addressed all of that in comments to other people anyway.

As for the socialization side, I still agree. I'm not saying its nor important. But I'm saying it doesn't need to be forced and it's not ore important. At your reception I saw Torey texting her friends. And why shouldn't she. She was in a room full of people 20+ years older than her. However, she was also totally capable of sitting down and playing poker with me and other people when that happened, And she's totally capable of holding an adult conversation. I've never seen her around her peers, but from what you've said, she does plenty of that as well. I don't think she's an anomaly. I think these things tend to work themselves out.

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