I have two teens, soon to have three. They get their own phones when they start high school as they go to another town, have a long bus ride and having a way to be in touch is important. They have all bought their own ipods and have a lot of fun with them.
My eldest has had a phone for a couple of years, his sister will be getting hers in the next few months. I am fine with them texting with friends but wonder about what limits we will place on use. At this point ds charges his in his room overnight and sometimes texts until very late - but usually stops if we tell him too. I worry that dd will stay up half the night texting. She uses her ipod to listen to audiobooks at night but I think she goes online too when she can't sleep to watch TV episodes on youtube.
I would like to start asking ds - and then dd when she gets her phone - to leave them downstairs overnight, not have them in their rooms. Is that reasonable? I have also started turning off the internet when I go to bed so that the temptation isn't there to stay up online too late.
I know the importance of connecting with friends but I also know that most of us when I was growing up had to be off the phone by a certain time each night. This thing of everyone having their own private mobile device is different - but I am not sure that there should be no boundaries just because the technology makes it possible.
What do you think?
What do you do?