Do you have a teen in your house? Well you know like I know the gadgets are a hard habit to break. The Ipad and Iphone interfere with bedtime so what is the fix for this? I unplug my wifi at night, BAM it’s off.
Since 2009, I have become a part of the blogging world and all the social media components. Twitter was my fan favorite, until I was sold on the value in Facebook. Instagram is a slow walk as it is difficult to juggle all 3 with relevant posts.
When my teen first requested a cell phone I was not onboard with the idea mainly due to the expense. Now fast forward three years and the teen needs to have a phone or so I am now convinced. For me more responsibility warrants the use and need for a cell phone. He is now letting himself in after school so I was convinced for the new school year. The downside to having children with technology is they are never satisfied with a current model it has to be the latest model. On his 14th birthday I found myself in the Tmobile store adding a new line to my plan plus his Iphone 5c. Although, he wanted the Iphone 5s my pockets warranted the 5c so here we are with latest Apple product. Shortly after we made the purchase he was already gearing up for the Iphone 6. When does it end? The mini Ipad is two years old.
The biggest challenge is how social media rules the lives of a teen. I realized in the first part of the school year my teen was staying up late on either the Iphone 5c or the Ipad. Finally I contacted Tmobile to see if I could set restrictions on his line. I learned Tmobile does provide this feature for a fee of $4.99/month under family allowance. The plus is the feature exists and the con is a cost per month. The other con is the owner of the account cannot set the time increments; these are already set by Tmobile.
After finding the teen up in the wee hours of the morning and struggling to get up for school, I have resorted to paying for this feature and unplugging the wifi at night. This is the only way I feel he will unplug and get some rest. How do you handle a teen’s social media connection?