Should parents enforce time limits on a teens electronic use?

Asked by: JPR2473
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  • As long as parents are paying the bill, they make the rules.

    I understand that it can be inconvenient or unfashionable for a teen to have time limits on their electronics. But I have two arguments: 1) Parents can make their own rules, and 2) Excessive electronic use can be harmful to teens. As for the first, if excessive electronic use harms familial relations, execution of the teen's obligations, or any number of other things, parents can and should exercise their right to impose rules on something that they, themselves, bought and pay for. As for the second, studies repeatedly show that excessive electronic use leads to lower grades, lower ability to be attentive, lessened social interactions, and many other negative repercussions. Parents should act in the best interests of their child, and, in this case, that necessitates limits. I'm not saying that teens should be banned from electronic use on a regular basis, but limits are better for all parties involved. I'm sorry, crying "freedom" and expressing angst are not sufficient arguments.

  • Yes yes yes

    Because teens need to go outside and play in the real world instead of spending all their time inside playing video games or texting one of their friends.
    They need to play with their family too. Play board games like monopoly or scrabble or sorry. Just play with your familys once in a while. Creeps out.

  • Just trust your kid

    If you limit you kid to lets say 1 hour of "screen time" a day, they will always want that time and always be thinking about it. Screen time will seem precious. If you let them just use it whenever they will get bored and want to do other things. We as adults of the 21st century need to accept that electronics are there and your kids should be able to use them for as long as they want.

  • Parents should trust there teen

    No. Surveillance may be part-and-parcel of the modern world, but there are other ways to keep kids safe and make sure trust between a child and parent stays intact.

    Trust matters. If you feel the need to spy on your children's activities when they use a smartphone or tablet, perhaps it would be more prudent to ask yourself why you don't trust them -- or whether you believe they are old enough or not to own a device.

    If you're going to monitor their emails, social media messages and onine activity, why not read their diary too?

  • Electronic aren't evil

    I believe kids should be allowed to use their phones freely because technology isn't bad. Many older generations are not used to electronics like we have today and so since it is something unfamiliar, it is associated with "bad" but really it is just different to parents, grandparents, etc.
    I think it is reasonable to ask children to not use their phones at the dinner table or during church but to restrict use of something you give your child is hypocritical I think. It is a new age of technology and it is a bit scary to older generations but I don't think it is bad just different so therefore restricting something electronic like a phone is unreasonable. Sure cellphones are used for mindless things but at the same time their use is very important and useful for many things that a child could need in modern days such as navigation and staying connected with parents.

  • Teens should be able to use iPhones or any other electronic device whenever they want.

    In a teen life, we always like to be on social media and talking with friends. We also use YouTube as a stress-reliever or something as entertainment to get rid of our stresses during the day. Taking away a teens electronic device, that is not a good option. That tells the teen that the parent or guardian does not trust the teen.

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