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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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should I buy my teen a smartphone?

 

Here's the Problem

I feel like an old fart! During coaching sessions with parents and at my parenting seminars, I am frequently asked whether parents should buy their teen a smartphone. As I answer, I hear my mother's voice in my head: “Why does a 16-year-old need a fancy phone like that?” Teens do not need fancy phones that provide unlimited access to the Internet and unlimited social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Kik, Snapchat, and SnapVideo, to name a few. Parents may go to the trouble of blocking some of these sites from their teens’ laptops and home computers to limit distraction, ...

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