How do you limit the time for your teen-
age daughter to use the i-touch and i-
Depending on your service provider, you may be able to shut her phone off completely during certain hours -- that's what we did with my DD -- not because she does stuff late at night but because her friends were sending her texts, etc. Her phone will only work as an alarm and will only call me, her father and my mother between the hours of 9p.m. and 7 a.m. and it's through Verizon that this was done.
Take them away. Its not hard.
I took phones every weeknight at 9pm always during HS also.
This. Or I say "Can you do -whatever needs to be done-". Generally if people have other things to do they don't sit there staring at a screen.
Quoting StreetsAhead: I don't If I think DS is spending too much time on the screen I tell him to turn it off if he doesn't it gets taken off him (just for a short time period)
If she's using it at night, and/or she's on them instead of doing homework, make it a new house rule that the itouch and phone get put in one central spot at a certain time. For homework, she gets them back when homework is done. At night, she gets them back when she gets up for the day (specify that- I know if it was my kids and I just said "in the morning", they would try to get them at 12:01 a.m b/c technically, that is morning).
We had similar problems with our sons over their xboxes. We finally told them they could not play except during weekends and holidays. iPhone and iTouch are harder. You have to physically confiscate them. Set up a time every evening where, once they have completed homework, they can access the devices for one or two hours. Unless they are studying with music, which my older son does.
Does she have out side interests or social groups that require her physical presence? There's lots of volunteer opportunities (not just soup kitchens / homeless shelters kind of things) depending on her age. Our PetCo this summer ran a program teaching 4-9yr olds kids how to care and handle various pets, my grand-kids did this one...it was soo cool. They also had a class for 10 -17 yr olds teaching grooming for cats & dogs. The library often needs volunteers to read books for little kids too. Just some ideas that may help her disconnect and reconnect with real life interests. DS is 14 and it took most of his summer to find things for him to do that actually benefited both him and out community.....ugh teenagers!
My dd doesn't have either so here's a bump for ya. :)
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