Many parents are rightfully concerned about the relationship between their children and the phone. Our devices perform the dual action of creating and solving many of the problems in our day-to-day lives. They help us maintain meaningful social bonds while fostering unhealthy obsessions with each others’ lives. They help teens with their homework assignments while distracting them from doing their homework. They help parents monitor where their kids are while making us all less punctual and more excuse prone in the plans we make. Because of these and other dualities, it’s no wonder parents have difficulty determining appropriate vs abusive phone use. Here is an NYT article that can help parents navigate these troubled waters.