Gadget Givers Urged to Consider Ramifications

Electronic gifts should come with efforts to help kids be responsible users, experts say

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"Electronics are here -- it's just the way things are -- and parents really have to be an active part of their use and be engaged," Pletcher noted. And, he said, that ought to include talking to eager gift-givers to make sure any electronic presents are parent-approved.

More information

The Pew Research Center has more on teens and text messaging.

A companion article details one family's solution to use of electronics.

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