When we asked parents what the main causes of stress were for them in family life many of you said “Mobile phones, social media and technology”. This is an area that we will be exploring in more depth, looking at how we can get the best out of technology without giving up our safety and privacy. In the meantime, one of the big stresses in family life is the mobile phone and the fact that our teenagers don’t seem to be able to do anything without a phone in their hand! Have you thought of agreeing a contract with your teenager for their mobile phone – how and when it is used, what the ground rules are etc. Here is a sample contract that you might find useful. Just click on the link.
The other thing we need to remember is that we are role models for our children and teenagers. Maybe we need to look at our own habits with our mobile/tablet/laptop. Are we addicted to social media? Are we missing out on family time because we are on our phones? Ground rules may be as much of a challenge for us as for our teenagers!