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Hello!!!!!????? Turn off the phone, better yet take it out of the child's room at night. Not rocket science. Wake up parent, you're paying the bill!
My dad and his sister were trapped in the Armistice Day Blizzard on the farm for 3 days while parents were trapped in town. No radio, no phone, no contact, not knowing if parents were safe or stranded. THAT is something most of us will never face, being cut off from ALL contact.
All the Hi Tech stuff today should not always be considered a PLUS. I think people, young and old alike, are attached to their phones like an Embilical cord. We are losing real conversational skills AND the manners to turn away from the phone to actually pay attention to the people around you.
There is a need to start early with kids regarding practices for healthy sleep and technology use. But the reality is, parents and kids may not realize it is an problem for them until it is bad. Also MANY adult I know are as bad as the kids. We allow personal devices for students at school, yet ask that they use prudently. We find that many parents text back and forth with their kids regularly multiple times a day at school, without consideration of the schedule or teacher. They think they are reinforcing 21st century communication skills, rather than rudeness and keeping them dependent.
Similar reports of adults sleep texting also exist. I shut off notifications at night but still allow select family numbers to get through to me. Most current mobile operating systems allow for selective notifications. Sleep is important - but kids are going to be kids.
Parents- wake up. I don't even keep my own phone in my room, it's plugged in the entry way to grab on my way out.
The fact that this is a story, and was printed by a 'major' newspaper actually makes me angry. What a joke.
When I was a kid, my "abnormal sleep behavior" usually consisted of shuffling over and peeing in the closet. Ah, the good old days.
Simple parenting. We all keep our phones at a charging station AWAY from our bedrooms at night. Come on people, be responsible parents.
I must be anti-social because I don't want to be that connected all the time.
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