Parent Tip Tuesday-Should You Take Away the Phone?
Our first instinct is to take away our kids' phones when they do something they shouldn't. Inappropriate websites, inappropriate photos, or indecent language, and our urge is to remove the tool where the behavior occurred.
Is taking the phone away always the right answer? A study in Utah of teen suicides found that a technology takeaway precipitated as many as 10% of suicides. If a parent takes the phone away, they should be calm and give a specific time or condition for the phone's return, so it doesn't seem gone forever.
It is crucial to talk to children about safe behaviors early and often, including setting limits to allow other activities. Personal devices play a significant role in our kids' development outside of the family. It's essential to be thoughtful and talk through the punishment with your child. We don't want a tech takeaway to trigger suicidal thoughts or attempts.
Here is a link to the entire article on Oregon Healthy Living.
Parent Tip Tuesday is a weekly series where the Parker Police Department talks about an issue involving parents and children. Topics will range from the latest apps and technology to building resiliency in your children. Our goal is to give parents five minutes' worth of information every week to educate them about new issues their children may face. Please comment below if there are topics that you would like to see us cover.