The Answer Sheet: cell phones


Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 10/22/2009

When do kids need cell phones? Maybe never

There is no issue that gets me more exercised than the one that currently looms large in the life of my 6th grade daughter, and many of her peers: When is the right time to get a cell phone? My preferred answer is age 16 or 17, when a young person hopefully is mature enough to use a mobile phone properly, independent enough to actually need it and earning enough money at an after-school job to pay for it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 10/22/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Parents | Tags:  cell phones for kids

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 09/03/2009

Is Your Kid 'Sexting'?

It is easy to dismiss stories about celebrities whose private nude pictures are splattered over the Internet as a problem that won’t cross your personal world as a parent. Think again. Look at these statistics, from a public survey...

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:55 AM ET, 09/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Parents, Sexting, cell phones