Thinking about how difficult it is to control media of all types with kids.
After the young man's phone went for an unintended, extended swim, we replaced it with an iPhone. Little sister was headed for one too but the restrictions of Verizon's pricing put it out of reach. (Another post soon on the incredibly disciplined way she handled that massive disappointment-- courtesy of the long history of STEP in our family.)
With all that this device does, it's not surprising that it is rarely out of his reach. Very hard for anyone to handle that amount of distraction.
If your kids are having trouble handling the burden of their electronic social media, have a family meeting to discuss the pros and cons of responsibility, and the reasonable limits you can agree upon. Don't be surprised if you get some help from them in this arena. A friend of mine reports that her electronically-sophisticated 14- year old daughter actually reported feeling relief when unburdened of her "stuff" while away at an old-fashioned summer camp. My own 14-year-old remarked the other day that keeping up all those texting relationships can be exhausting.
Kids need limits, and downtime. If you're an electronic junkie, lead by example and set your own limits.
Take a look at this helpful column in Common Sense Media for some useful advice: