Thursday, May 31, 2007

Teens text message through the night

Excerpted from

If you're worried about your teen getting too little sleep, think about this:

More and more teens are text messaging friends in the wee hours of the night.

According to a recent survey by Teenage Research Unlimited, nearly a quarter of teens surveyed use their cell phones to text or call each other hourly between midnight and 5 a.m.


These teens admit, they're short on sleep.

But they say texting isn't the only culprit – they say if they didn't have text messaging they'd use the phone or computer.

I don't think so. Parents need to have control of their children long before they become teens in order to avoid the clash that can occur over things like this. Young children need to have clear boundaries laid down early in life, and those boundaries need to be consistently enforced and amended as the child grows. Along with these boundaries, as a child gets older, the parent needs to communicate the reasons for the boundaries that are laid down and then be consistent in enforcing them in a loving and caring way.

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