Cell phone use and teenager

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  • rhondajennings68
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    I have a 14-year-old son and I need to re-evaluate his cell phone use.  I am looking for solid Christian advice on handling the cell phone. I have to say I haven’t been good at restricting his use.  Unfortunately, I am on my phone or computer quite a bit for work, paying bills, etc. so I am not always a good model for him.

    Thanks!!

    jkjanis
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    This is what we have chosen to do with our teenage son and it has worked super well for us: we bought a Gabb phone from Gabb wireless – it looks like a smartphone but is basically talk and text only except for a couple of tools like calculator, etc.  No internet or gaming access – he has access to the internet on our laptop at home but we felt like having it on a tiny personal screen was more freedom than he was ready for.  Moreover, it virtually eliminates the screen-time management issue – all of his time on his phone is spent connecting with actual people via call or text, which I am fine with.  I struggle at times with managing my time on my phone, too, and just feel that if most adults struggle with this, it is too much to ask of a teen boy to have that kind of self control.  The only other rule we have is that text threads with girls have to be group messages. If your son already has a great phone, you might have more resistance to changing to a Gabb phone, but I highly recommend it. It gives my son just the right amount of freedom for his maturity level.

    Mrs_Longworth
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    This phone looks perfect. My husband and I got rid of our smart phones and bought flip phones. We both felt the smart phones took too much of our lives. Thanks for the Gabb idea! I think this might be perfect for us.

    rhondajennings68
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    Thank you for responses.  Actually, he just got a new phone because a friend of his accidentally dropped his in a river.  By getting a new phone number, we got a free phone. I can block things on the phone however.

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