17 year old son addicted to his cell phone , any suggestions ?

Cathy - posted on 02/19/2014 ( 10 moms have responded )

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So frustrating , have talk to him about the importance of unplugging . But nothing changes. What are reasonable limits ?

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Sophia - posted on 02/21/2014

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I understand that texting a young person you want to cut down using the phone. ..May look crazy but .. As each child become the young man or woman you hope that to be I am never tried of saying thanks in any way if I see them trying. And my middle son very much in love with using his phone. But their was is also a lot to him... He is way at collage 4 hours from me and works when he is home at the same job he has from16 years old. Never back talk me and still tell or call me if he is running late. Don't hang out, never had a problem with anyone. Studying law .. I love saying thank you or I am sorry ....when I need to and I will say and text it.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/21/2014

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Woohoo, I'm not alone! I didn't hallucinate payphones! LOL

Sorry, late on a Friday afternoon...

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/21/2014

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Like Evelyn, mine have been raised to understand the restrictions. My eldest hates to have the phone, but in this day & age of no other phone availability in case of emergency (does anyone else remember a nifty device called a pay phone?), it had to happen.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/19/2014

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No unlimited talk/text on his phone. Monthly plans can limit minutes and text time. Set a time for him to hand phone to you daily for unplugged time. No phone use or texting during school, if he can't abide by that, the phone stays home.

You are the parent. You actually do have some level of control over these things. However, waiting until a problem occurs to address appropriate phone etiquette is like bolting the barn door after the horse was stolen...not very effective.

My sons both have their own phones. My eldest has paid for his since he graduated HS, on the lowest possible minutes plan he can get. My youngest does not have unlimited talk/text on his phone. If he wants his phone use to extend over the month, he must monitor himself.

Sophia - posted on 02/19/2014

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They are all close to the cell phone... Just text him and tell you miss talking with him... Ask him if he can cut down on the cell phone for family time. Then text him and thank him as he try......

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