When kids enter the tween years, moms have a whole new set of problems to deal with: high school applications, peer pressure, wars over fashion, and especially fears about bullying, sexting, stranger danger and other crises that can occur with technology and social media.
It’s no wonder Kate Gosselin sets strict standards when it comes to cell phone use. Like many tweens, her 11-year-old twin daughters Mady and Cara have them, and Kate says “it’s been a big help communicating with them” when they’re away from home or at dad Jon‘s house.
In a new blog post on her website, Kate answered a question from a fan who wanted to know what phone guidelines she sets for her children.
“Overall, it’s been a very good experience and they have handled having a phone very maturely,” Kate reports. But she still upholds some no-nonsense rules.
What are they? Read on!
Rule 1 in the Gosselin household: “No Internet on their phone.” That eliminates the possibility of the girls’ surfing inappropriate sites – or buying anything without Mom’s permission.
Kate also forbids downloading apps, deleting texts or changing their password code, which she sets. And if Mady and Cara want to add anyone to their contact list – whether it’s a classmate or a babysitter – they have to clear it with her first.
The girls are only allowed to communicate with people they know. “NEVER answer a phone number or text that comes up unidentified” is the fourth rule on Kate’s list.
The last two laws of Gosselin phone use: “Room has to be cleaned and homework done before using phone :)” and “Must have phone in their back pack so that I can reach them when necessary.”
To a kid, this all might seem pretty harsh – but moms like me will applaud Kate for not taking any chances with her daughters’ cell phone safety. Considering the horror stories we hear about cyberbullying, obscene texts and online predators, it pays to be cautious, especially when your children are reality-TV stars.
Hope other mothers of tweens follow her advice!
[Photo: Pacific Coast News]
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