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Bullying example. Are you setting limits on your child’s phone?

I have always advocated waiting as long as possible to get your child a smartphone. Too many parents hand them over and the kids have them 24/7. You don’t always know you have a vulnerable teen until after a suicide attempt or a completed suicide. And then it’s too late.

Kids have been murdered and raped because of apps. Bullying and other dangerous internet games have been contributing factors for suicide.

Allowing your kids, especially any kid under 18, carte blanche phone privileges is flat out dangerous. You are essentially allowing your child in the car with the flasher in an overcoat.

You know what? You pay for the phone. So why shouldn’t you have control over it. They don’t like it? Well they can pay for their own.

Below is an example of what a mom found on her daughter’s phone. I’ve seen worse than this but it shows you how tweens and teens when hiding behind a digital device can get particularly mean and badger a child 24 hours a day.  This kind of meanness comes from kids who also don’t think that highly of themselves and use putting down others as a means of making themselves feel more superior and empowered.

The girls here are 13!

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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