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Do you monitor your Teens cell phone usage?

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cdwilber

Asked by cdwilber at 9:28 PM on Sep. 14, 2010 in Teens (13-17)

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  • No
    pinkdragon36

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 9:30 PM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • We have a 14 yr old son, and he doesn't have a cell phone. He won't until he's 16. It's tough making the grown up decisions, but we choose to be parents and not friends to our boys....
    MrsLeftlane

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 9:36 PM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • I don't have teens yet, but I can't imagine I would EVER do something like that. When I had a teen, I never did anything like that, I can't see I am going to change any time soon. I see it as a HUGE invasion of privacy and breakage of trust to do that kind of thing. I plan to get my kids cell phones in the next few years - as soon as they are in school - but unless they do something to break that trust, I would never snoop...
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:44 PM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • MrsLeftlane: I have a 14 yr old that I PARENT and he has a cell phone. I am NOT his friend either. That has nothing to do with a teenager having a cell phone.

    I don't really monitor my sons usage. We have unlimited talk and text. I do check his text messages once in a while to make sure no one else is bothering him. He doesn't call anyone but family and a few friends. The cell phone was necessary due to sports and him hanging out with his friends. There are very few payphones in our city, so him using a payphone is not an option. We also don't have a landline, so him having a cell phone is a must.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:14 PM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • No
    FeelinYummy

    Answer by FeelinYummy at 7:24 AM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • We don't take their phones and read every message. But I do pay attention to our bill and they keep their usage in check on their own.
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 8:04 AM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • DD is only 3 but when she gets a cell phone, it will be closely monitored. I will have complete access to it. There will be no phone during dinner or other family time. The moment any of her obligations begin to suffer, I am taking that sucker away. Cell phones are not a right!
    stressedmomma13

    Answer by stressedmomma13 at 8:30 AM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • I wasn't allowed a phone until Senior year of HS. Lol.
    sstepph

    Answer by sstepph at 9:19 AM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • They don't have cell phones.
    CometGirl

    Answer by CometGirl at 9:52 AM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Both my girls (13 and 17) have cell phones,and I check the usage on the bill. If something looks too much we have a conversation. I don't think having or not having a cell phone has anything to do with being a parent or a friend.
    wallmom1

    Answer by wallmom1 at 12:38 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

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