Teens and texting

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Parents need to deal with teens and their texting and their phones in the following ways. First of all, it is not uncommon for a teen to have 30,000 texts today. I see that pretty commonly. It's a huge problem. Parents need to teach their teens what I call, techno manners; which is simple things. Like, when someone is talking to you, you stop what you are doing, and make eye contact with them. No texting in the car on short drives. No texting at the dinner table. I think that parents really need to check their kids online bills, because it is really common for teens to text at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 in the morning with each other, on a school night. If you see that or your kids grades are dropping because they are distracted with their phone, that phone needs to be taken away from them until their grades come up, as well as, charge in your room at night.

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Jerry Weichman, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jerry Weichman is a licensed psychologist and adolescent specialist as well as an author, speaker and parenting expert. His clinical practice at Hoag Hospital's Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California provides a window on contemporary teen and pre-teen behavior.

“Dr. Jerry” as his adolescent patients call him, is a young PhD who really relates to teens, speaks their lingo and has felt their pain. Author of the teen survival guide, How to Deal, and noted media expert on teen issues, Dr. Jerry is focused on helping teens cope with parents, teachers, friends and academic pressure, communicating with them in a way they understand to help successfully navigate the dramas and pressures of adolescence.

Dr. Jerry's popular speeches, lectures and seminars have presented assemblies of students, teachers, parents and administrators with practical approaches on how today’s teens can overcome the trials and tribulations of growing up, from coping with bullying to meeting parental academic expectations to walking away from drugs and other self-destructive behaviors. Jerry also sits on the board of directors for the Bullying Prevention Initiative of California and just recently sat on an expert panel for a screening of the documentary Bully.

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