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katherine4
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I would not allow her to have a phone, but I wouldn’t frame it as a punishment. Tell her you disagree with the texting and social media culture and that it doesn’t lead to good things, ie, lots of self created drama, gossip, talking behind people’s backs, and worse (not to mention being an incredible time waster). She will likely have a fit, but stick to your guns and make up for it as much as you can by arranging cellphone-free get togethers with friends outside of school. ADHD aside, I think the cellphone culture amongst middle school and high school kids is absolutely out of control and it amazes me that parents collectively are allowing it to go on.