Here are some tools to help your teen become responsible for their smartphone life.

Our teenagers have never known a world without smartphone technology. This is both good and bad. Given the bad stuff that we have walked through with many families in recent years (porn addiction, bullying, self-esteem rooted in number of likes) there is part of me that wishes it would all go away.

It’s not going away.

At our Critical Conversations Event, we coach families on all sorts of things related to their kids’ relationships. Social media and smartphone use is always a hot topic. If your family is like ours, you have found yourself playing catch-up. Every time you think you’re “in the know” about an app or your kid’s behavior online, you discover something new. It can be maddening.

You need to do everything you can to stay on top of this.

Talking about this stuff doesn’t come easy. Setting parameters is even harder. But you can and you should. The hard part is knowing what to say and what to do.

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