To stop 'sleep texting' among kids, parents need to wake up

  • Article by: Elizabeth Shryer Boyle
  • Updated: December 6, 2013 - 5:50 PM

To stop ‘sleep texting’ among kids, parents need to wake up.

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pumiceDec. 6, 13 6:31 PM

From the commentary: "Parents have a responsibility to help their children enjoy the benefits of their world, not be turned into zombies by the electronic communications world in which they live."

But they had fun, fun, fun 'til their mommy/daddy took their cell phone a-way-ay-ay.

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tmrichardsonDec. 7, 13 3:20 AM

Cell phones are so pervasive kids--and kids are still as mean as ever--so kids that don't have them can suffer. The cell phone companies all have features that allow parents to control use by kids. But--even though the harm in their unregulated use is growing in awareness--cell phone companies force parents to pay extra fees for the privilege of controlling their childs use of the phone. If this is a big concern for this author and others--maybe a more realistic solution would be to argue for legislation requiring cell phone companies to make parent control service available free of charge. They are getting just like banks, totally unregulated and allowed to nickel and dime customers for every little thing.

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elind56Dec. 7, 13 7:27 AM

tmrichardson said: "...cell phone companies force parents to pay extra fees for the privilege of controlling their childs use of the phone."--------------------The cell phone companies don't force anybody to do anything. (That's how government operates) That option is available for those who wish to pay a nominal fee for it. When government makes things "free" through legislation, we ALL pay for it many times over. That said, this whole sleep-texting thing sounds like little more than the latest, trumped-up 'panic-of-the-week' brought to you by an alarmist press that likes nothing more than hyperventilating over anything that even remotely smacks of causing harm to 'The Children'.

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slikweasel21Dec. 7, 13 7:30 AM

Certain phones e.g. the HTC One have parental controls baked into the firmware. Savvy consumerism may be the answer.

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aventhusedDec. 7, 13 7:49 AM

Thank you for advocating for parental responsibility.

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supervon2Dec. 7, 13 9:06 AM

Simple with T-Mobile. I just turn off the texting for the evening and during the school day at NO EXTRA charge. Guess what? Better sleep and better grades.

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nonau55Dec. 8, 1311:55 AM

tmrichardson said: "...cell phone companies force parents to pay extra fees for the privilege of controlling their childs use of the phone."--------------------Hey I got a better idea that is free! Take the mind control device and put it away.

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nonau55Dec. 8, 1311:57 AM

Cell phones are the most insidious thing! they are slowly turning humans into non-verbal, non-feeling beasts. This is what they were designed to do. Dumb down the populace.

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