In today’s digital age, the question of when to give a child their first phone is a common concern for parents and caregivers. To shed light on this topic, Girls That Create had the opportunity to interview Dr. Catherine Pearlman, author of First Phone: A Child’s Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety, and Etiquette.
A crucial aspect highlighted by Dr. Pearlman is the importance of modeling healthy phone behavior for children. Parents should be mindful of their phone usage and set a positive example. By demonstrating responsible phone habits, parents can teach their children to manage technology in a balanced and healthy way.
Dr. Pearlman also offers advice on how parents can handle the situation when their child makes a mistake online. She suggests creating a welcoming environment so children can talk freely about their online activities without fear of being judged. By establishing an open line of communication, parents can help their children learn from their errors and encourage them to make smarter decisions.
Girls That Create also interviewed Dr. Pearlman for our Parenting Section when First Phone was released.
About Dr. Catherine Pearlman
Dr. Catherine Pearlman is the author of First Phone: A Child’s Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety, and Etiquette. Her mission is to help parents enjoy their parenting more and to build stronger relationships between parent and child. To that end, Dr. Pearlman advises on all parenting matters, such as digital education for kids, potty and sleep training, discipline, food issues, sibling rivalry, and kindness.
She is a licensed clinical social worker who started The Family Coach to help moms and dads with typical parenting issues. In addition to First Phone, she is also the author of Ignore It!: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction.
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