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Are Smart Phones Causing “Altered Childhoods”?

Even if most teens aren’t suffering from a true addiction to their phones, they may be experiencing altered childhoods because of the technology.

Colleen Hartz’s daughter is 19 years old and is rarely ever seen without her phone in hand. “She uses it for everything,” the mom from Alabama recently told Healthline. “She keeps her calendar on there, she uses the notes part, she loves listening to music on it. She also primarily communicates with friends through text and Snapchat. There are many days she doesn’t have a real conversation with anyone.”

Hartz isn’t alone in what she’s witnessing. A recent report released by Common Sense Media found that 72 percent of teens feel as though they need to immediately respond to notifications from their phone, and 59 percent of parents feel their teens are addicted to their mobile devices.

Those numbers are steep and concerning, but the good news is, they also might be a little exaggerated.

According to AAP pediatrician Dr. David Hill (chair of the AAP Council on Communications and Media), a true phone addiction really comes down to compulsive behavior. “Is the kid getting enough sleep? Exercise? Actual face time with friends and family? Is homework getting done? These are the questions you need to ask. Any kind of compulsive activity, whether it be gambling or internet use, really boils down to the displacement of other things. What’s not happening if this is happening? It’s hard to make a case for addiction if the kid is getting everything else done.”

Still, true addictions to phones and devices do happen. “There’s an actual definition of [this] disorder,” he told Healthline. “Problematic Internet Use (PIU). Then there is also Internet Gaming Disorder. The researchers who look at these two issues think the percentage of those affected is under 10 percent. Maybe as much as 8 percent for PIU, but that’s probably on the high end.”

However, even if most teens aren’t suffering from a true addiction to their phones, they may be experiencing altered childhoods because of the technology available to them.

Arrested development

According to a study published last year in the journal of Child Development, teens today are experiencing a slower path to embracing adult responsibilities than ever before. And the researchers concluded that cell phone and tablet engagement was at least partially to blame. Because with social connection always just a few clicks away, teens today are less likely to leave their homes and seek that connection in the “real” world.

Even when they are out in the world, many still experience a difficult time detaching from their phones. It’s a phenomenon Melissa Bragg, a mom in Virginia, has noticed when out with her teen daughter. “Some of her friends stay on their phones constantly, even at youth events,” she recently told Healthline. “They can’t put their phones away for anything.”

This type of behavior is really what pushes up against true addiction. And it’s something Sandra Windham, a teacher from Texas, has noticed in her classroom as well. “Most kids just have a bad habit, not a true addiction,” she told Healthline. “The ones with a legitimate addiction cannot and will not follow the rules.”

John Mopper is an adolescent therapist with Blueprint Mental Health in Somerville, New Jersey. As he explained it, “Our brains are doing exactly what they are made to do. When we’re born, our brains are like a hard drive, constantly updating and filing away new experiences. We’re hardwired to move toward pleasure and away from consequence. Studies have shown how notifications on our phones can send a hit of dopamine. After a while, our brain associates that with pleasure. And for some kids and adults alike, seeking out that hit of dopamine can become compulsive.”

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as our phones making us feel better. While the immediate gratification may provide that dopamine hit that drives us (and our teens) back to our devices again and again, some research has suggested the long-term impact could actually be quite negative.

In fact, a 2017 study in the Clinical Psychological Science journal found that for adolescents in grades 8 through 12, increased time on new media (to include social media and smartphones) led to an increased rate of depressive symptoms, suicide-related outcomes, and suicide rates.

While researcher Jean Twenge has been quick to acknowledge that correlation does not equal causation, she does think these results should serve as a warning to parents.

When it comes to phones and our constant connection to the internet, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.

Parental problems

It’s not just teens that are experiencing this constant need to connect with their phones, though. As Windham explained, parents are often part of the problem.

“Parents constantly text kids throughout the day and kids get very anxious if they are unable to answer them,” she told Healthline. “The content of the texts is almost never school related, though. Even during our state testing, when strict rules go into place about phone usage, parents call the school and demand their kids get their phone back. And when I call parents to report bad behavior or grades due to phone use, the phone is rarely taken away as a consequence.”

Bragg readily admits that right now, she is more addicted to her phone than her kids. “I know I’m addicted to my phone,” she told Healthline. “Being a stay-at-home homeschooling mom, I really feel isolated from other adults much of the time. Social media probably accounts for 90 percent of my socialization. I’ve joined way too many Facebook groups and I am constantly just scrolling through them. It can get in the way of me taking care of my household responsibilities. Sometimes I’ll be so engrossed in a conversation happening online that an hour or more goes by and I haven’t moved.”

She’s not alone in that struggle. “I’m guilty too,” Mopper told Healthline. “I have to work hard to not constantly go on my phone. And I’m a therapist. I’m an adult. It’s hard.”

Family (phone) planning

Mopper suggested parents start early to teach kids a different way. “It’s really about being able to have a relationship with your kids where they’re brought up doing other things, [teaching them] from a time when they are really young that there are other things in life that are important.”

He added, “Young kids are like sponges, and every experience they have can have a huge impact on them. Screen time at that point should be a privilege. Be concrete and set limits from the very beginning.”

Dr. Hill thinks it’s also about involving kids in those conversations. “There are a lot of reasons a parent might introduce those devices. There’s no one right age, because, depending on your reasons for introducing them, the right age may vary. So, my first question is always, ‘Why does your child need this device?’ Once you’ve answered that question, you can set rules. It’s much easier to start doing that from the very beginning than it is to roll back their access once you’ve already given them free reign.”

“The good news,” he went on to explain, “is that kids can be very good partners in setting realistic expectations. They may push back a little, but you can involve them in those conversations. You can ask them about what rules seem right, and what the consequences should be for breaking those rules.”

He added that the AAP Family Media Plan tool can be a great resource for creating a plan that works for your family.

For her part, Bragg has taken steps to ensure her 15-year-old daughter doesn’t experience the same reliance on her phone that she herself has struggled with. “We have set specific times that she can be on her phone and she has things she has to do daily before she can have access to it,” Bragg said, adding her daughter is not allowed to have her phone in her room overnight and is limited one social media account on Instagram.

When her 5-year-old started exhibiting problem behaviors regarding his tablet, she took action there as well. “We had started letting him watch Netflix on the tablet so that we could continue to watch what we wanted on the living room television. Before we knew it, he had it on all the time,’ Bragg said. “We tried just limiting the time he was on it, but when it was time to put it up he would have a fit and completely melt down. So, we ultimately decided that he just couldn’t use it at all.”

Hartz and her family have taken even further steps in their efforts to reduce the draw of phones and other screens in their home. “It’s sad to me that people no longer live life for themselves,” she told Healthline. “It’s more like we do what we can for a photo op for Instagram or Facebook.”

Explaining that she wants a different experience for her kids, she talked about the limits she’s placed on her son’s phone (restricted to an hour of use a day, with the phone automatically shutting off during school hours and at 9 pm every night). She also told Healthline about a recent trip where her kids were only allowed to look at their phones for 20 minutes before they went to bed.

“We had the best time!” she said.

For parents hoping to help their kids balance life online and in the real word, experts seem to agree with the Hartz family approach. Limiting screen time and building connections with real face-to-face interactions is the best way to keep technology from becoming a terror.

And that’s not just true for teens. If you’re starting to feel a little too attached to your own phone, it may be time to step outside, grab lunch with a friend, and reconnect with reality.

529 Comments
  • mary aurelio
    Posted at 19:17h, 16 January

    Kids should go outside and read ! Enjoy life

  • Felicia baxter
    Posted at 11:22h, 15 January

    Thanks

  • MARY L WILLIAMS
    Posted at 19:43h, 14 January

    They are good for emergencies and convenient but even when walking in the malls most people have their head bent down in their phones. Very little face to face interaction. Also i wonder if they don’t effect kid’s posture when their head is so bent down.

  • Kasheen hutson
    Posted at 17:54h, 14 January

    Great info

  • Michelle Moctezuma
    Posted at 17:09h, 14 January

    Good read, since we just got out daughter a phone for Christmas. We try and monitor and limit her time for this exact reason.

  • Roxanne Haynes
    Posted at 17:27h, 13 January

    Good information

  • Graciela Esquivel
    Posted at 02:59h, 12 January

    Is a good thing to have a phone in case of an emergency . But i feel this days this young kids are addicted to phones when they could be doing chores or learning how to be responsible? That my opinion.

  • RogerMoore
    Posted at 00:22h, 10 January

    Interesting thanks for good article

  • Daphne Mayfield
    Posted at 05:27h, 09 January

    Thank you

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    Posted at 05:26h, 09 January

    Good information

  • Valerie Williams
    Posted at 18:24h, 07 January

    Thanks for the information

  • Coreina Spencer
    Posted at 22:13h, 05 January

    Thank you

  • Deborah Longoria
    Posted at 12:39h, 05 January

    Great information. Way to much time spent on cellphone also just has become a habit. Even just to be scrolling.

  • Dick Labarda
    Posted at 11:36h, 04 January

    thanks

  • Shivani
    Posted at 20:31h, 03 January

    Very good info

  • Carl allen
    Posted at 20:18h, 03 January

    Totally agree

  • Karen Brewer
    Posted at 20:17h, 03 January

    So very true! It is so easy to spend way too much time browsing!

  • Jacqueline Brown
    Posted at 16:21h, 03 January

    Cool post.

    • Leroinash
      Posted at 18:45h, 14 January

      It would be nice to go back to just the regular house phones

  • Michelle Limes
    Posted at 15:33h, 03 January

    thanks

  • Rachelle Gizinski
    Posted at 19:29h, 02 January

    Time to go play outside every now and then

    • Jackie downey
      Posted at 00:54h, 03 January

      This is so true kids and their phones and gaming system they are on them from time they get up until they go to bed no social life or sports or exercise

  • Julie Medlin
    Posted at 13:23h, 02 January

    thank you

  • Yolanda Conner
    Posted at 02:21h, 02 January

    Thanks

  • Damon Forbes
    Posted at 17:25h, 01 January

    Good read

  • Fernando
    Posted at 16:06h, 01 January

    Such a true article to a big problem how all this technology has consumed our daily lives leaving our youth and adults literally non-functional individuals without their cell phones nowadays.

  • Audrey Gillespie
    Posted at 15:22h, 01 January

    72% of kids seems like such a high number

  • Margaret Hamlin
    Posted at 06:43h, 01 January

    Interesting…..

  • Geraldine G McGrady
    Posted at 22:01h, 31 December

    Good information

    • Theresa Scott
      Posted at 00:01h, 01 January

      This information should be available to all parents with young children.

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    Posted at 19:38h, 31 December

    Interesting

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    Posted at 18:56h, 31 December

    Very good

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    Posted at 17:29h, 31 December

    Whenever something is good it turns out bad

  • mary aurelio
    Posted at 16:56h, 31 December

    So true

  • Anisha Jihada Welch
    Posted at 16:39h, 31 December

    I refuse to let my child’s head be buried in a phone!

    • Marissa Mijares
      Posted at 17:55h, 31 December

      It’s a pandemic unfortunately! Cannot stop the kids because the parents are worst in reality.this is an excellent infos but I don’t think there’s a solution unless all the gadgets in the household will be abolished or good!

  • Alice Rodriguez
    Posted at 16:09h, 31 December

    Good info

  • Brad Basler
    Posted at 16:04h, 31 December

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    Posted at 15:56h, 31 December

    Yes!!!

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      Posted at 23:20h, 02 January

      Good information

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    Posted at 15:55h, 31 December

    This article needs to be on social media!

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    Posted at 15:54h, 31 December

    Very interesting

  • Michelle Augustine
    Posted at 15:45h, 31 December

    Thanks for the interesting read. Words for thought

  • Kari Lippo
    Posted at 15:39h, 31 December

    Thanks

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    Posted at 14:50h, 31 December

    Good article.

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    Posted at 14:06h, 31 December

    thank you for the info

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    Posted at 02:31h, 31 December

    Good information

  • Hope Griffin
    Posted at 02:13h, 31 December

    Good 8nfo, it’s funny because as a nurse I KNOW what addiction is and looks like but I was also one of many who has quickly verbalized that my kids are addicted to their phone!! Sadly I guess I’m pretty bad about cell phone and internet use also but thinking I like the idea of implementing some restrictions now 🙂 thanks!

    • Rose Johnson
      Posted at 14:13h, 31 December

      Thanks for the info

  • Joseph custis
    Posted at 01:53h, 31 December

    Thank you

  • Wanda Rasch
    Posted at 01:03h, 31 December

    Great information. Kids are all wrapped up in technology that they do not know how to interact with conversations anymore . It’s sad but true .

  • Bridget Ford
    Posted at 23:46h, 30 December

    Thanks

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    Posted at 21:45h, 30 December

    Good info!

  • Deborah Pina
    Posted at 21:41h, 30 December

    Thank you.

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    Posted at 21:35h, 30 December

    Very interesting and helpful

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    Posted at 19:35h, 30 December

    Great read

    • Adom Quarles
      Posted at 20:34h, 31 December

      Awesome delightful readable article.

  • Val Rensink
    Posted at 17:53h, 30 December

    I wonder if phone use algorithms like Facebook to get a more involved interaction

  • Diane L
    Posted at 17:43h, 30 December

    Some things I never thought of – thanks for the great insight!

  • Melanie Duncan
    Posted at 17:06h, 30 December

    Thank you. Interesting.

  • William Belvado
    Posted at 16:26h, 30 December

    Thank you for the article , we see way too many people on their phones and don’t realized that there are other responsibilities to accomplish .

  • Leah Queen
    Posted at 15:50h, 30 December

    I worry about my 7 and 4 year old with the technology/ social media advancements. I wonder if it will be worse 10 years from now?

  • Leah Queen
    Posted at 15:49h, 30 December

    I worry about my 7 and 4 year old with the technology/ social media advancements.

  • Mary Lee N
    Posted at 14:50h, 30 December

    Thank you

  • Donna Steelman
    Posted at 14:46h, 30 December

    thanks

  • Cali Binegar
    Posted at 14:34h, 30 December

    This article makes me sad because I’ve seen this happening to our younger generations for a while now. I hope it can be dialed back a bit.

  • Laura Baeres
    Posted at 14:11h, 30 December

    Thank you.

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    Posted at 12:39h, 30 December

    Good info!

  • Jennifer Miller
    Posted at 12:38h, 30 December

    Thanks

  • Beth Britton
    Posted at 12:37h, 30 December

    Interesting article. Thanks

  • Priscilla Mills
    Posted at 12:29h, 30 December

    It’s an epidemic. There are adults who cannot physically let go of their cell phone. It’s awful!

  • Peter Mezzapelle
    Posted at 11:24h, 30 December

    It is a very good article. It would be interesting to see an long term study on the affect of using the phone all the time.

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    Posted at 11:03h, 30 December

    Great article. Thanks for sharing this information.

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    Posted at 10:21h, 30 December

    Nice to know

  • Toni Bullitt
    Posted at 06:54h, 30 December

    This is a good artlical for both parets & children of any age with a phn.

  • Yvonne Garrett
    Posted at 06:34h, 30 December

    Thanks

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    Posted at 04:16h, 30 December

    Great article, so true!

  • Amy Kirkessner
    Posted at 00:38h, 30 December

    Thanks for the article

  • Kelly Stachovich
    Posted at 22:10h, 29 December

    Thank you

  • Carla R Maxwell
    Posted at 21:52h, 29 December

    Very interesting

  • Monica Murray
    Posted at 20:47h, 29 December

    So true children of today it’s all about their phone

  • Wendy villiers
    Posted at 20:06h, 29 December

    I found this article very interesting

  • Irene Durr
    Posted at 18:30h, 29 December

    As a teacher and grandparent, I agree that kids can’t carry on a conversation anymore. They just want to text. I don’t know how they will survive in the world.

    • Ingrid
      Posted at 18:49h, 29 December

      I’m agree with the article. Certainly its happen.

  • Salena Gant
    Posted at 15:03h, 29 December

    Growing up where a rotary phone was your method of distance communication we played jump rope, skated, bat-n-ball, jacks and made up games. Also spent lots time outside even in winter and spent time at library.

    • Marcus Brooks
      Posted at 22:32h, 30 December

      I think we are all addicted to our smartphones

  • Dennis Gasaway
    Posted at 14:47h, 29 December

    Children having technology early isn’t a bad thing but it should be limited or they will rely on it too much.

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    Posted at 14:17h, 29 December

    Very addictive pastime!! Good info

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    Posted at 01:16h, 29 December

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    Posted at 22:57h, 28 December
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    Posted at 22:44h, 28 December

    Thanks

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    Posted at 21:41h, 28 December

    Technology

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    Posted at 21:10h, 28 December

    Great article

  • Keonda Maness
    Posted at 20:49h, 28 December

    Absolutely! Children these days have no clue about board games, or miss Mary Mack etc!

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    Posted at 19:56h, 28 December

    Good info

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      Posted at 20:35h, 28 December

      Nice information

  • Meghan Martin
    Posted at 18:25h, 28 December

    Thanks!

  • Sonja Reese
    Posted at 17:45h, 28 December

    I am glad we didn’t have cell phones when my kids were growing up. Good article

  • Luther guy Morgan Jr
    Posted at 17:36h, 28 December

    Thank you

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      Posted at 20:39h, 28 December

      Information helpful

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    Posted at 16:34h, 28 December

    Great info

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    Posted at 16:18h, 28 December

    Great information

    • Ron Dotson
      Posted at 15:39h, 29 December

      I see alot of different people that walk into things and don’t pay attention to their surroundings and i think thats kind of dangerous.

  • Anthony Townsend
    Posted at 15:09h, 28 December

    Cell phones has taking over as America’s favorite past time. It’s all people not just teenagers. We look at ours unconsciously all the time. With so much information being at the tip of our fingered is unreal and very convenient, so that’s kind of hard not to do. We check emails more frequently, play games more, check accounts more and learn about history more with cell phones. Try not to text and drive or walk and try to give your eyes and neck a break and use your cell phone in moderation.

    • Craig Clayton
      Posted at 15:20h, 28 December

      Interesting and familiar. Dealing with the issue in our home as well. Thanks

      • Wendele Mealy
        Posted at 14:04h, 01 January

        Like anything else, good tools need limits to use or they will suck the life out of living.

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    Posted at 14:54h, 28 December

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    Posted at 12:07h, 28 December

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    Posted at 07:21h, 28 December

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    Posted at 06:31h, 28 December

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    Posted at 03:29h, 28 December

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    Posted at 02:42h, 28 December

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    Posted at 00:55h, 28 December

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    Posted at 00:52h, 28 December

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  • Terry McWhirter
    Posted at 23:58h, 27 December

    Now this! is a subject I can latch onto. Being from a generation that didn’t have these issues/luxuries available to ua, it is obvious how much damage they are doing! Put down the “electronic age” long enough each day to “stop and smell the coffee” !

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    Posted at 23:53h, 27 December

    very informative

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    Posted at 23:41h, 27 December

    Wonderful article. My grandkids can’t carry on a conversation with me anymore. I miss them so much. They may be no more than 10 feet away but they have the headphones on or plugs in ears. Totally ignoring their Granny.

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    Posted at 23:22h, 27 December

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    Posted at 22:41h, 27 December

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    Posted at 21:39h, 27 December

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    Posted at 21:38h, 27 December

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    Posted at 21:33h, 27 December

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      Posted at 02:20h, 28 December

      This was great information. I have a 21yr old nephew who is on his phone all day. I know he’s considered a adult but an adult has a job . He can’t stay off his phone long enough to get one

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    Posted at 21:31h, 27 December

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      Posted at 21:51h, 29 December

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    Posted at 19:48h, 27 December

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    Posted at 19:27h, 27 December

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  • Rachelle Jackson
    Posted at 18:53h, 27 December

    Parental Problems parents are often part of the problem parents text kids never about school related some parents demand kids to have there phones while in school when school reports a problem with grades or behavior parents will not punish them for it also family group phones make it difficult

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    Posted at 18:43h, 27 December

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    Posted at 18:31h, 27 December

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    Posted at 18:06h, 27 December

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    Posted at 16:50h, 27 December

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      Posted at 17:17h, 27 December

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    Posted at 15:52h, 27 December

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    Posted at 15:47h, 27 December

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      Posted at 18:47h, 27 December

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    Posted at 15:09h, 27 December

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    Posted at 13:24h, 27 December

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    Posted at 07:44h, 27 December

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    Posted at 06:55h, 27 December

    i watched 3 young children around the ages of 12 and 13 , gathering at a neighboring cultisac on bikes, they all 3 had cell phones in hand. They were balancing their bikes and looking at their phones . They were not able to get into a conversation like children do, due to the cell phone takin over. It was so sad!! Why is it so important for these young teens to have these phones? Wake up world!!

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    Posted at 05:50h, 27 December

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    Posted at 04:03h, 27 December

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    Posted at 03:11h, 27 December

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    Posted at 03:00h, 27 December

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      Posted at 14:42h, 27 December

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    Posted at 02:54h, 27 December

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  • Caroline Yacoub
    Posted at 02:54h, 27 December

    Very true. Amazing information

  • William Taylor Daniel
    Posted at 02:29h, 27 December

    Excellent info

  • Elizabethwerner
    Posted at 02:01h, 27 December

    Interesting

  • Melissa Kearns
    Posted at 01:55h, 27 December

    Very good read! I give my kids a limit on screen/ phone time, I need to give myself one too

  • Raisa Quintao Nunes
    Posted at 01:22h, 27 December

    This is funny because my little brother knew how to get on YouTube and watch videos all on his own; by the age of 4

    • Melissa Kearns
      Posted at 01:53h, 27 December

      My 2 year old niece did this yesterday!

  • Robin Thomas
    Posted at 01:17h, 27 December

    Very True!

  • Michael J Bunton
    Posted at 01:14h, 27 December

    Thanks

    • IJEOMA PAMELA NDOKWU
      Posted at 10:10h, 27 December

      It is surely different from when I grew up.Thank you.

    • Roger Dale Moore
      Posted at 18:57h, 27 December

      True so true

  • Mariana Dominguez
    Posted at 00:38h, 27 December

    Yes

  • KEITH fletcher
    Posted at 00:37h, 27 December

    So true

  • Jigi Primero
    Posted at 00:31h, 27 December

    Thank you

  • Melissa Ray
    Posted at 00:30h, 27 December

    Good article

  • Jonathan Corpuz
    Posted at 00:09h, 27 December

    Good read

  • Brandy chandler
    Posted at 00:02h, 27 December

    Interesting information

  • PAM Wells
    Posted at 23:52h, 26 December

    Very good article

    • Mary Peoples
      Posted at 01:27h, 27 December

      Interesting

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 23:28h, 26 December

    Interesting

  • Vicki Koch
    Posted at 23:27h, 26 December

    Great article!!

  • Desmond Williams
    Posted at 23:05h, 26 December

    Good read

    • marlon tabron
      Posted at 00:57h, 27 December

      Interesting read

      • Ben Poitevint
        Posted at 04:20h, 27 December

        Good read

  • Guy A Surace
    Posted at 22:50h, 26 December

    Ooo

  • Mary Jane Ford
    Posted at 22:48h, 26 December

    Ty

  • David Murray
    Posted at 22:22h, 26 December

    Very accurate information and I believe the phone is in control of our lives and we’re loosing contact with each other.

  • David Ruesler
    Posted at 22:20h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Sandy Johnston
    Posted at 22:10h, 26 December

    Interesting

  • Susan G Townsend
    Posted at 22:07h, 26 December

    Very interested read.

  • Steven Myers
    Posted at 22:01h, 26 December

    Kids should not have smart phones period.

  • Malissa White
    Posted at 21:57h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Robert tucker
    Posted at 21:57h, 26 December

    Different

  • Bunny Steelman
    Posted at 21:46h, 26 December

    Interesting

  • Hunter G
    Posted at 21:35h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Amy Karicher Swank
    Posted at 21:29h, 26 December

    Interesting. Thank you.

  • Mohhamed Diaby
    Posted at 21:16h, 26 December

    Very educative for all.

  • Mohhamed Diaby
    Posted at 21:12h, 26 December

    Very educative

  • Christopher Arnold
    Posted at 20:57h, 26 December

    Great Read

  • Lisa Sparks
    Posted at 20:57h, 26 December

    This is a growing debate. I believe cell phones have altered student learning. All in moderation. Good article.

  • Joseph Yannetti
    Posted at 20:56h, 26 December

    Very informative article.
    Thank you!

  • Duane Tarrillion
    Posted at 20:54h, 26 December

    Good to know

  • Larry Singleton
    Posted at 20:34h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Lisa Smallwood
    Posted at 20:33h, 26 December

    This article is so true!!

  • TAN CHAN NG
    Posted at 20:26h, 26 December

    Good information.
    Thank you.

  • Stephanie Runions
    Posted at 20:23h, 26 December
  • Jami D Yarger
    Posted at 20:21h, 26 December

    Thank you, good information

  • Michael McClain
    Posted at 20:14h, 26 December

    Great. Thanks.

    • Brian Bailey
      Posted at 20:55h, 26 December

      Good article. Its a way to have electronic babysitting it seems.

  • Laurie Lierman
    Posted at 20:10h, 26 December

    Good information. I have had to confiscate my teen gran kids phones on the holidays but it doesn’t help much when some of their parents are worse than their kids.

  • Pat Adams
    Posted at 20:01h, 26 December

    Interesting

  • Cheikh Fall
    Posted at 19:55h, 26 December

    Articles posted are very interesting. Thanks.

    • Geraldine G McGrady
      Posted at 22:40h, 26 December

      Great article…..

  • Ashley Brown
    Posted at 19:53h, 26 December

    Very good read.

  • Luz Laminoza
    Posted at 19:46h, 26 December

    Interesting

  • Thomas M Gavin
    Posted at 19:40h, 26 December

    Great article

  • Serena Phillips
    Posted at 19:37h, 26 December

    Good read.

    • Nicklas Armor
      Posted at 19:44h, 26 December

      Great article

      • Scott Harden
        Posted at 23:28h, 28 December

        Read

  • ROBERT P
    Posted at 19:37h, 26 December

    VERY INTERSTING ARTICLE

  • Harold Little
    Posted at 19:32h, 26 December

    Interesting article

  • Janice Pettit
    Posted at 19:32h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Teresa Wells
    Posted at 19:17h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Susan
    Posted at 19:15h, 26 December

    Great read! Thank you

  • Jacqueline DiCandilo
    Posted at 19:09h, 26 December

    Thank goodness my 5 children never had a cell phone when growing up only a landline!

  • Larry ivie
    Posted at 19:02h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Trudie Mitchell
    Posted at 19:01h, 26 December

    very good article and right on target. Also, it is a shame that some parents let their kids use their phones at the dinner table — both at home and eating out. A more serious issue is people walking and not focusing on where they are (i.e., crossing the street between vehicles) or the traffic around them. Yesterday I saw a man with his phone on his shoulder; his head was bent over to hold the phone ! Think he’ll have neck/posture problems before long ? I am all for taking the phones out of children’s bedrooms … there can’t be anything so important in the middle of the night that a call can’t be made to the parents.

  • Zachary Stivers
    Posted at 18:59h, 26 December

    Don’t just give a teen a phone…. make them get a part time job, mowing grass, fast food, etc. if they actually have to work to get their phone, they are more likely to appreciate and understand the responsibility of the phone.

  • Kerven Moon
    Posted at 18:52h, 26 December

    Need to balance technology! Thank you

  • Bernard Clemmer
    Posted at 18:52h, 26 December

    Good read helpful

  • Dustin Walker
    Posted at 18:50h, 26 December

    Dont have kids thanks tho

  • Scott Russie
    Posted at 18:48h, 26 December

    Great read ……Out I’d respect, I try to keep my phone off when I’m with others, especially on business.

  • darryl young
    Posted at 18:46h, 26 December

    Thank you.

  • Donnis Keaton
    Posted at 18:43h, 26 December

    Good information

  • Robin Krause
    Posted at 18:39h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Scott Sanders
    Posted at 18:37h, 26 December

    I think no child should have a cellphone till they are 18, let kids be kids. but then again I’m not a parent.

    • Rachel Edwards
      Posted at 18:52h, 26 December

      Only thing with that is if they are driving, I rather them have a phone. There are no pay phones anymore and what if they need to call. Also, I can track my kids where they are too which came in handy when my son was in a wreck on his motorcycle and he wasn’t sure where he was up on a mountain

  • Erica
    Posted at 18:26h, 26 December

    Interesting

    • Aimee Miracle
      Posted at 18:39h, 26 December

      I am a bad one to be on my phone alot. So I was interested in the article

      • Wade Lannon Allen
        Posted at 19:43h, 26 December

        Yes lord so true

  • Oscar Alvarez
    Posted at 18:26h, 26 December

    Good info.

  • Barbara Huff
    Posted at 18:26h, 26 December

    Good information

  • Jermaine Lee
    Posted at 18:22h, 26 December

    Thanks

    • ANNETTE STALLWORTH
      Posted at 22:27h, 26 December

      Wonderful information LEARNING a lot THANK YOU

  • Mike Garner
    Posted at 18:22h, 26 December

    I think so…

  • Vicki Sewell
    Posted at 18:20h, 26 December

    Read

  • Kara Sherman
    Posted at 18:18h, 26 December

    Cats not kids! LoL

    • Linda S Kohm
      Posted at 12:52h, 28 December

      So very true. All parents should read this. Kids now days have no people skills at all.

  • Cheryl foehner
    Posted at 18:17h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Fabiola Sargeant
    Posted at 18:16h, 26 December

    Well for me it’s a little too late. Our kids are older so the time restraints will not work. At dinner time they are not allowed to be on their phone. This was a great article thanks for this.

  • Gary Burke
    Posted at 18:13h, 26 December

    Ok thanks

    • Joyce Williamso
      Posted at 18:41h, 26 December

      Where my kids are grown I have their own phone but the phones are a lot of reasons that people lose focus on the road when they walk in and anything else so let’s keep our focus on what we need to be doing good article

  • Edward Bond
    Posted at 18:13h, 26 December

    Great information some information to base daily living on I like reading what u can do to help live right

  • Jane McDaniel
    Posted at 18:11h, 26 December

    I did not have my first phone until my late 40s. I understand giving children a phone but the high tech phones are a little overboard

  • Lacy bridges
    Posted at 18:09h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Ftran
    Posted at 18:05h, 26 December

    It’s not just kids, adults are addicted to their phones too.

  • Earrol Gooding
    Posted at 18:02h, 26 December

    That’s interesting but I would like to know about the long term effect of people being implanted with computer chips

  • Michael jones
    Posted at 17:50h, 26 December

    Great article.

  • Robert Baker
    Posted at 17:49h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Edith Manlapid
    Posted at 17:49h, 26 December

    Very true

  • Hope Wittenbrink
    Posted at 17:47h, 26 December

    Thank you good info

    • Nick Smith
      Posted at 17:54h, 26 December

      Thank you good information

    • Leland Thomas Martin
      Posted at 18:21h, 26 December

      Good read

  • Lori Lynn Barbieri
    Posted at 17:47h, 26 December

    ty

    • Evelyn Randall
      Posted at 18:23h, 26 December

      Parents are the rule maker, thank you for the article

  • Lauren Bako
    Posted at 17:45h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Shari Jarrett
    Posted at 17:45h, 26 December

    So true!

  • Shari Jarrett
    Posted at 17:44h, 26 December

    Exactly…

  • Terry king
    Posted at 17:43h, 26 December

    Great read I agree

  • Michael Richards
    Posted at 17:41h, 26 December

    This is a very informative article

  • Mel Epelle
    Posted at 17:39h, 26 December

    Yes, smart phones came with its advantages and disadvantages also…

  • Justin Part
    Posted at 17:39h, 26 December

    THANKS

  • Timothy Hawthorne
    Posted at 17:38h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Janie Spahr
    Posted at 17:38h, 26 December

    I think it’s the responsibility of the parents to use cell phones responsibly and be a role model for their children. There are good things about cell phones when used appropriately.

  • Timothy Ratliff
    Posted at 17:37h, 26 December

    Great tip

  • Jason gough
    Posted at 17:37h, 26 December

    Good info…thanks

  • Sherlyn Swift
    Posted at 17:37h, 26 December

    So true about the kids and some adults now a days…we live on a reservation and I see more and more kids always on the phones, but this is a true issue parents need to address…parents are the first teachers

  • Susanne Dean
    Posted at 17:37h, 26 December

    I like limiting the times to certain times of day on weeknights. Kids havw trouble falling asleep if they are on their screens so late.

  • Guy Palermo
    Posted at 17:33h, 26 December

    Put the phone down and look around you! There’s actually a lot of neat stuff!

    • Deborah Fay Allen
      Posted at 17:46h, 26 December

      Seems like the phones would make children smarter.

    • Alvaro vasquez
      Posted at 18:02h, 26 December

      Good

  • Debra Main
    Posted at 17:33h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Shawn Bell
    Posted at 17:31h, 26 December

    Everything that you have wrote is so true, thanks.

  • David Beavers
    Posted at 17:30h, 26 December

    Very good article.

  • MELISSA A WASHINGTON
    Posted at 17:30h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Michelle Ortiz
    Posted at 17:29h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Mary ann Baker
    Posted at 17:29h, 26 December

    Great to know thanks for the information

  • Joe Drake
    Posted at 17:28h, 26 December

    TY

  • Hawah Urey
    Posted at 17:27h, 26 December

    Do true.

  • Lawrence Garcia
    Posted at 17:27h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Shawn Bell
    Posted at 17:26h, 26 December

    Good info

  • Daniel Foster
    Posted at 17:25h, 26 December

    Great read

  • Kathie M
    Posted at 17:25h, 26 December

    thank you

  • Terry Clark
    Posted at 17:24h, 26 December

    Phones are from the DEVIL!

  • Julie Moore
    Posted at 17:23h, 26 December

    Ty

  • Christopher Levens
    Posted at 17:23h, 26 December

    useful information

  • Rhonda Brewer
    Posted at 17:22h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Cheyenne Duarte
    Posted at 17:22h, 26 December

    Very true

  • Shirley Olivar
    Posted at 17:20h, 26 December

    Thanks for the information

  • Darrene' Hartley
    Posted at 17:17h, 26 December

    Such good info

  • Cynthia Kessel
    Posted at 17:17h, 26 December

    Thank u very helpful info

  • Rigoberto delacerda
    Posted at 17:17h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Candice Thomas
    Posted at 17:14h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Ben lane
    Posted at 17:14h, 26 December

    Thanks, good read for the day after Christmas

  • Paula Shoaf
    Posted at 17:13h, 26 December

    This is so important for life right now

  • Tonya Countryman
    Posted at 17:13h, 26 December

    Great information!!

    • Arou
      Posted at 17:25h, 26 December

      I’m doing great

  • Heidi Shin
    Posted at 17:09h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Caitlin Fletcher
    Posted at 17:08h, 26 December

    Great article

  • Gina Mendoza
    Posted at 17:07h, 26 December

    Very informative

  • Donna
    Posted at 17:07h, 26 December

    This is so true children don’t do things anymore like we did

  • Charles Higgins
    Posted at 17:06h, 26 December

    Very good information thanks for the advice

  • Jeffrey Rosete
    Posted at 17:06h, 26 December

    Does anyone else mistake the “up” arrow for the submit comment button and have to start all over again?

  • renarda young
    Posted at 17:06h, 26 December

    Thank you.

  • Dallas Furr
    Posted at 17:04h, 26 December

    Very good article

  • Charles Higgins
    Posted at 17:04h, 26 December

    And I do not believe it is healthy for us

  • Michael Richards
    Posted at 17:04h, 26 December

    Great article for those with young ones…under, mine are all grown up!

  • Jennifer Rice
    Posted at 17:04h, 26 December

    Interesting to read

  • Kelly Clifton
    Posted at 17:03h, 26 December

    Good read…will pass on information I read.

    • Cynthia Gustin
      Posted at 17:04h, 26 December

      Thanks I agree

  • Katherine
    Posted at 17:02h, 26 December

    something to think about.

  • Alfred Miller
    Posted at 17:01h, 26 December

    Cool

  • Nick Tidestrand
    Posted at 17:00h, 26 December

    I’ve struggled back and forth with this. I’ve wanted to raise my kids as I was raised. We didn’t have these things when I was a kid and I had to step back allow the future to blossom in my kids and through them.

  • Clarence Watkins
    Posted at 17:00h, 26 December

    Ty

  • Jason Gumm
    Posted at 17:00h, 26 December

    Very interesting article

  • Brad Cheek
    Posted at 16:59h, 26 December

    So true. We have a lot of problems with staff on their phones while working.

    • ELBERT MYLES
      Posted at 17:04h, 26 December

      We should be smarter than the smart phones and properly use them,
      Happy holiday God bless

  • Titus Francis
    Posted at 16:58h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Nicholas Eaton
    Posted at 16:58h, 26 December

    Nice to know

  • Reginald Williams
    Posted at 16:56h, 26 December

    Yes I believe so

  • Carla Jones
    Posted at 16:55h, 26 December

    Wow great information

    • Larry Teakell
      Posted at 16:58h, 26 December

      .electronics will be the death of us all

  • Melissa Litchfield
    Posted at 16:54h, 26 December

    Good information

    • Tonya Pouncy
      Posted at 17:09h, 26 December

      This article is very true. Just about everything is online including school work. I don’t allow my children to be on phones during family time, especially at dinner.

  • Robin McCoy
    Posted at 16:53h, 26 December

    Amazing Advise

  • Tameika Gadio
    Posted at 16:53h, 26 December

    This is very interesting and true

  • Kristian Rhamy
    Posted at 16:53h, 26 December

    True

  • Cheryl Anderson
    Posted at 16:52h, 26 December

    Phones are amazing with all the technology and apps these days.

  • Gustavo Garcia
    Posted at 16:52h, 26 December

    Nice article

  • Cynthia Alexander
    Posted at 16:52h, 26 December

    Good article

  • Tamera Shumate
    Posted at 16:49h, 26 December

    Good information! Our phones provide so many different applications, making them almost a life requirement.

  • Matthew Boyd
    Posted at 16:49h, 26 December

    Interesting

  • KELLIE MOORE
    Posted at 16:48h, 26 December

    wow great info to have

  • CHRISTOPHER CROOK
    Posted at 16:48h, 26 December

    Great

  • Jennifer Wiley
    Posted at 16:46h, 26 December

    Interesting article

    • Susan Ogato
      Posted at 16:55h, 26 December

      Thank you it’s true for all that have a phone great information

  • Deb Gowen
    Posted at 16:46h, 26 December

    Interesting read, thanks.

  • Rachel Aguinaldo
    Posted at 16:45h, 26 December

    Great article.. it’s just not kids, adults too, tou see them on their phone whenever & whenever

  • Kyle Selvig
    Posted at 16:45h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Yvonne Lees
    Posted at 16:44h, 26 December

    Thank you, good information.

    • Vicky shobe
      Posted at 14:48h, 15 January

      I agree

  • Neneth Rubio
    Posted at 16:44h, 26 December

    Great information

  • Edward Coan
    Posted at 16:43h, 26 December

    It’s not just kids, I have witnessed far too many adults driving on freeways with their phones in front of their face. Huge problem.

  • Brooke Echols
    Posted at 16:42h, 26 December

    Wow this was a great artical

  • Michelle Wang
    Posted at 16:42h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Charles Calloway
    Posted at 16:42h, 26 December

    ThankYou

    • Gustavo Garcia
      Posted at 16:51h, 26 December

      Going to apply some of these techniques on my children

  • terry aslin
    Posted at 16:42h, 26 December

    We are the parent, andshoykd model whzt good behavior we expect from our kids.

  • Lolita Whitley
    Posted at 16:42h, 26 December

    Good information thank you

  • Connie Donley
    Posted at 16:41h, 26 December

    Never knew

  • Kathryn Reiman
    Posted at 16:41h, 26 December

    Good article
    Thanks!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 16:41h, 26 December

    Thank You

  • Robin Moran
    Posted at 16:41h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Amber Cummings
    Posted at 16:41h, 26 December

    So true

  • Kelly Wright
    Posted at 16:40h, 26 December

    wow

  • Araceli Dominguez
    Posted at 16:40h, 26 December

    Thank you it was very informative

  • Trina Tran
    Posted at 16:40h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Kenley Pitts
    Posted at 16:39h, 26 December

    Great info

  • Kelly Pitts
    Posted at 16:39h, 26 December

    Adults are the same also – not just kids. Great article though.

  • Holly Green
    Posted at 16:39h, 26 December

    very interesting article

  • William
    Posted at 16:37h, 26 December

    Thanks for the info

  • Amanda Carter
    Posted at 16:36h, 26 December

    Really good info

  • Shantelle Kitchen-Nelson
    Posted at 16:36h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Amanda Shows
    Posted at 16:35h, 26 December

    True

  • Mandy West-Grover
    Posted at 16:35h, 26 December

    This is my favorite article so far. Very good pointers for parents. Have a useage plan that’s age appropriate before giving kids electronic access is a smart idea.

  • alberto velez
    Posted at 16:35h, 26 December

    Good read , thanks

  • Vernon Morris
    Posted at 16:34h, 26 December

    Great

  • Travis Taylor
    Posted at 16:34h, 26 December

    Good read

  • Samrawit Girmay
    Posted at 16:34h, 26 December

    This article came right on time because I am working on this issue with my daughter.

  • Angelic watson
    Posted at 16:34h, 26 December

    Wow great article

  • Laurie Cardiel
    Posted at 16:34h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Edith
    Posted at 16:33h, 26 December

    Thanks a lot

  • Leticia Garcia
    Posted at 16:33h, 26 December

    WoW!!!

  • Rose Mary Goins
    Posted at 16:32h, 26 December

    Excellent article.

  • Beulah Cormier
    Posted at 16:32h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Rodger Groves
    Posted at 16:32h, 26 December

    Good read…

  • Debra Gibson
    Posted at 16:32h, 26 December

    Good Information!

  • Rafael Monsivais
    Posted at 16:32h, 26 December

    Thank you

    • CRESIDA D HAYWOOD
      Posted at 16:34h, 26 December

      So true thanks

  • Heather
    Posted at 16:32h, 26 December

    Read.

  • Sherri Daily
    Posted at 16:31h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Patricia Ann Evans
    Posted at 16:31h, 26 December

    Good to know about your phone

  • Wonsun kim
    Posted at 16:31h, 26 December

    Great info

  • Shannon Bratton
    Posted at 16:31h, 26 December

    Thanks!

  • PAM MARTIN
    Posted at 16:31h, 26 December

    VERY HELPFUL AND INTERESTING

  • Bret A Kinsey
    Posted at 16:31h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Tommy Rose
    Posted at 16:30h, 26 December

    Good read!

  • Ali ben abdallah
    Posted at 16:30h, 26 December

    fun reading for a guy who has no kids.

  • Jennifer Fidellis
    Posted at 16:29h, 26 December

    interesting article

  • Lien Chau Phan
    Posted at 16:29h, 26 December

    Very informative and great read. Thank you

  • Jeanne wilson
    Posted at 16:29h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Curtis Mackey
    Posted at 16:29h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Marie Gonzalez
    Posted at 16:28h, 26 December

    I agree with what this article addressed. Thank you

    • Ricky sutton
      Posted at 16:48h, 26 December

      Thanks

  • Andrew Harpster
    Posted at 16:28h, 26 December

    Very very true stuff!!!

  • Teresa Williams
    Posted at 16:26h, 26 December

    Sad, but most of this info is true.

  • Nathan Traylor
    Posted at 16:26h, 26 December

    So true. Sharing this with as many people as I can!

  • Scott McDavid
    Posted at 16:26h, 26 December

    good read!

  • Marlin r Buchtel
    Posted at 16:25h, 26 December

    True, thanks

  • Brenda L Nicholson
    Posted at 16:25h, 26 December

    Good information

  • Marlin r Buchtel
    Posted at 16:25h, 26 December

    True

  • Sharon Coleman
    Posted at 16:25h, 26 December

    Wow

    • Ronald E Scholz
      Posted at 16:35h, 26 December

      Scary info.

  • Julia Rosenthal
    Posted at 16:25h, 26 December

    Interesting piece.

  • Nicole
    Posted at 16:25h, 26 December

    Read

  • Angela Watson
    Posted at 16:24h, 26 December

    Very helpful thanks

  • Fred Hanks
    Posted at 16:23h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Robin McCoy
    Posted at 16:23h, 26 December

    Something to consider

  • Nigeria Johnston
    Posted at 16:23h, 26 December

    Wow .

  • Robin McCoy
    Posted at 16:23h, 26 December

    I will use this information. Thanks

  • Nick Szynkowski
    Posted at 16:23h, 26 December

    Great information

  • Dan Robertson
    Posted at 16:22h, 26 December

    Great ideas, thank you.

  • Christine Owsley
    Posted at 16:22h, 26 December

    GOOD INFO. I AM GOING TO HAVE MY SON READ THIS

  • Robin McCoy
    Posted at 16:22h, 26 December

    Thanks. I found this to be extremely helpful

  • Robin McCoy
    Posted at 16:21h, 26 December

    Very informative

  • Robin McCoy
    Posted at 16:20h, 26 December

    Good information

  • J. Allen
    Posted at 16:20h, 26 December

    Frightening. Thank you!

  • Jean Farrell
    Posted at 16:20h, 26 December

    Very helpful. Thank you!

  • Phyllis Russ
    Posted at 16:20h, 26 December

    Very interesting.

    • Ramiro Samayoa
      Posted at 17:14h, 26 December

      Very good article.

  • Melissa Kuestner
    Posted at 16:20h, 26 December

    Great read! Thank you!!

  • Barb Moury
    Posted at 16:19h, 26 December

    It is very easy to become addicted to your phone or iPad without even knowing it.
    Thank you for posting this very important information.

  • Jimmy Thompson
    Posted at 16:19h, 26 December

    good read

  • Maranda Rusk
    Posted at 16:18h, 26 December

    Right

  • Lucas Quail
    Posted at 16:17h, 26 December

    Excellent read, very informative!

  • Claudia Rojo
    Posted at 16:16h, 26 December

    Completely agree with this article.

  • Tammy Finley
    Posted at 16:16h, 26 December
  • Alexander Broderick
    Posted at 16:16h, 26 December

    Thanks for the info.

  • Jay Stafford
    Posted at 16:16h, 26 December

    Technology is a Challenge/Battle.

  • Tonna Clemens
    Posted at 16:15h, 26 December

    Great information. Most of information I will inform my Daughter,

  • George Easterday
    Posted at 16:13h, 26 December

    Look at the kids they are on a phone all the time good read!

  • Christina Woodfork
    Posted at 16:12h, 26 December

    Good Information

  • Marie p. Gabriel
    Posted at 16:11h, 26 December

    Thank u ! Good advice

  • Maximo Narvaez JR
    Posted at 16:11h, 26 December

    Ok

  • Lisa Burruss
    Posted at 16:11h, 26 December

    Thank you!

  • Maximo Narvaez JR
    Posted at 16:10h, 26 December

    Good article . Wake up call

  • Martha Hetzel
    Posted at 16:10h, 26 December

    Good article

  • Alvin Shaul
    Posted at 16:10h, 26 December

    Thanks

    • Kelly Jean Lindberg
      Posted at 16:18h, 26 December

      I can relate having 6 yearold with tablet and gets angry when taking away.

  • Kathryn Condolff
    Posted at 16:10h, 26 December

    I agree

    • Vicky shobe
      Posted at 15:51h, 31 December

      I agree

  • Tanisha McCorkle
    Posted at 16:10h, 26 December

    Informative

  • Twakena Handy
    Posted at 16:09h, 26 December

    I know that phones are addictive but they also helped my two youngest learn how to read. They know how to dial 911 in case of emergency and they can text as well. There are cons but there are also pros.

  • Moniquie Farr
    Posted at 16:08h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Autumn Mcduffie
    Posted at 16:08h, 26 December

    Good information

  • Jennifer Kokta
    Posted at 16:08h, 26 December

    I believe it is a growing concern. I also believe adults are probably as tech dependent as the younger population, less verbally social too.

  • Kim Hetrick
    Posted at 16:08h, 26 December

    Thanks!

  • Felicia Busby
    Posted at 16:08h, 26 December

    Interesting

    • Kim Laible
      Posted at 16:19h, 26 December

      Thanks great info

  • Sharon S.
    Posted at 16:07h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Cody
    Posted at 16:07h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Nicole Adams
    Posted at 16:07h, 26 December

    I feel adults are the same. Good article.

  • Portia mbemah
    Posted at 16:06h, 26 December

    Nice piece

    • Gustavo Garcia
      Posted at 16:22h, 03 January

      Cutting down cell phone use

  • Chasidy Hill
    Posted at 16:06h, 26 December

    Enjoyed

  • gayle shelton
    Posted at 16:05h, 26 December

    I have to limit my personal use. I try to limit my daughter’s as well.
    Good article

    • Curtis skipwith
      Posted at 16:11h, 26 December

      YES..with out question phones have changed childhood…iam 47 years old..so I didn’t have a cell phone when I was a child…but from what I see..these young children have all this knowledge at there finger tips but dont have the wisdom to know what to do with it or even use it?…like they say “the more you know..the more you dont know”…..so true

      • Debra
        Posted at 18:55h, 26 December

        True read

    • Michael Holloman
      Posted at 16:13h, 26 December

      Good reading

  • Danny Hanna
    Posted at 16:04h, 26 December

    Good info

  • STEPHANIE TURK
    Posted at 16:04h, 26 December

    Interesting!

  • N Celeste May
    Posted at 16:04h, 26 December

    Great article

    • Kari Burda
      Posted at 16:08h, 26 December

      I believe phone usage in the younger kids should be very limited if at all. Then it can increase as the child grows older. I don’t think that children should have it in their major developmental stages.

    • Wykesha Carroll
      Posted at 16:29h, 26 December

      Great information

  • LaKita Tomlin
    Posted at 16:04h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Kathie McDonald
    Posted at 16:04h, 26 December

    Information given was good. Parents need to set the boundaries of phone time.

    • sharon smith
      Posted at 21:30h, 26 December

      Thank you for the info, kids really need to read the article. Thank you again.

  • Aaryn Crosby
    Posted at 16:03h, 26 December

    Great article

  • Jonathan Upholz
    Posted at 16:03h, 26 December

    iPhone has a nice feature where you can monitor your screen time , as well as your child’s phone I believe. Interesting article

  • Chris Mouser
    Posted at 16:03h, 26 December

    Thanks

  • Tina richmond
    Posted at 16:03h, 26 December

    Interesting read, thank you

  • Sherri Moscrop
    Posted at 16:03h, 26 December

    Good info

  • Tonja Johnson
    Posted at 16:02h, 26 December

    Interesting

  • Patricia Amburgey
    Posted at 16:02h, 26 December

    So righr

  • Rhonda Schroeder
    Posted at 16:01h, 26 December

    Thank you

    • Vanessa Nicolas
      Posted at 17:10h, 26 December

      Good read.

  • Sevalia Woodson
    Posted at 16:01h, 26 December

    Very informative.

  • Eric C Schmidt
    Posted at 16:01h, 26 December

    Ok

  • Sarah
    Posted at 16:01h, 26 December

    .

    • Ester Pelayo Martinez
      Posted at 16:14h, 26 December

      Thank You !

  • Cheryl Grose
    Posted at 16:01h, 26 December

    Good article

  • Lisa Gilligan
    Posted at 16:01h, 26 December

    Thank you!

  • Shante Benbow
    Posted at 15:59h, 26 December

    I also find myself glued to my phone at times.

  • Beth A Smith
    Posted at 15:59h, 26 December

    Thank you

  • Lyndsay Myers
    Posted at 15:57h, 26 December

    Thanks.

  • Stephanie Arnett
    Posted at 15:55h, 26 December

    Great information!

  • Steven Abrams
    Posted at 15:54h, 26 December

    Thanks

    • Ester Pelayo Martinez
      Posted at 16:13h, 26 December

      Thank You

  • Tammy Marie Bennett
    Posted at 15:53h, 26 December

    Great to know!

    • Lois Lopez
      Posted at 23:52h, 27 December

      good info thanks

  • Shellyanne Rushdan
    Posted at 15:52h, 26 December

    Something to think about. Thanks!

  • Donnie Thomas
    Posted at 15:52h, 26 December

    thank you

    • Jim Cosby
      Posted at 05:33h, 28 December

      Interesting!

      • Hope Griffin
        Posted at 02:14h, 31 December

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