Your tween has a desire for a phone You can also find out more about us on our website. badly. It hurts physically. And they’re giving you The soooo There are many reasons to why.
They’re going to middle school … they need it to collaborate with peers on school projects … they need it to tell you where they are … when they’ll be home … when the school bus is late. It’ll help you, They vow to their parents. All their friends have them, so they feel left behind. Come on, come on! Pleeeeeease.
Before you click “place order” on that smartphone, pause and consider a few insights from a person who makes a living helping parents and tweens navigate the murky waters of smartphones and social media.
Emily Cherkin taught middle school for more than a decade in the early 2000s. She witnessed first-hand the transformation of life in middle school due to smartphones. For the past four years, she’s been working as screen-time consultant, coaching parents about digital technology.
Experts have repeated over and over her advice on when to give your child a phone and let them access social media: Delay.
“I wish I knew then what I know now”
“I have talked to hundreds of parents,” Cherkin explains, “and no one has ever said to me,…