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Continued: 'iRules' author talks tech families, sexting and cyberbullying

  • Article by: KATIE HUMPHREY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 9, 2014 - 3:31 PM

Q: Your son got his smartphone at 13. Is there a magic age for kids to get that first device?

A: I don’t have a recipe. I am an advocate of delaying. So many parents I talk to say, “I got it too quickly” or “I got it because it was the only thing he was asking for.” We want our children to have success with the technology. I didn’t want to be taking it away from my son. I didn’t want to be constantly nagging him. I definitely tell families, be ready to parent it. If that means you need to delay it, that’s perfectly acceptable.

(As for her son, Gregory, he’s now 14 and still has his smartphone. iRules success.)

 

Katie Humphrey • 612-673-4758

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  • In this Jan. 4, 2013, photo, Janell Burley Hofmann, right, poses with her son Gregory at their home in Sandwich, Mass. Janell holds a copy of the contract she drafted and that Gregory signed as a condition for receiving his first Apple iPhone.

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