I’m not naive — I know that separating kids from their texting machines is, um, hella hard. But in order to help them grow up to be functioning, semi-successful adults, please at least teach them a couple rules of appropriate use:
*Don’t text (or read a text) while talking to an adult;
*Don’t text (or read a text) while cooking (for the sake of the phone and the food);
*Don’t text (or read) a text while driving;
*Don’t call another kid (or adult) more than once every couple of hours — because cell phones keep a record of who has called and it is totally humiliating to be caught out calling obssessively;
*Do put the phone away during meals, homework, while visiting with relatives, and while attending museums, concerts, and movies — even if you see other grown-ups checking their texts and emails there.