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Oct. 11, 2022

Episode 81: The First Phone Conundrum With Dr. Catherine Pearlman

Episode 81: The First Phone Conundrum With Dr. Catherine Pearlman

What is the right age to give a child a smartphone? This is a question parents of previous generations have never had to grapple with but here we are… navigating what can be for some parents, me included, a very difficult decision. On one side of...


What is the right age to give a child a smartphone? This is a question parents of previous generations have never had to grapple with but here we are… navigating what can be for some parents, me included, a very difficult decision. On one side of the spectrum you will find the “wait until 8th” parents, and on the other, parents who are giving their children phones in 2nd or 3rd grade, and sometimes even before. 

So what is the right age? Of course, with most parenting questions, there is no right answer, but Today’s guest, Catherine Pearlman, is going to help break down the signs of readiness, and important safety considerations, and most importantly provide our children with a roadmap on how to use these incredible tools that can be both a blessing and a curse. 

Dr. Pearlman is the author of First Phone: A Child's Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety, and Etiquette. This book speaks directly to eight- to twelve-year-old children and provides them with the tools they need to use phones safely, respectfully, and responsibly. 

 

About Dr. Pearlman

Dr. Catherine Pearlman is the founder of The Family Coach and a licensed clinical social worker who has been working with children and families for more than 25 years. She’s on a mission to help parents enjoy parenting more. To that end, she advises on all matters of parenting from toddlers to teens on discipline, technology, behavior modification, food issues, sibling rivalry and more. Dr. Pearlman  is the author of First Phone: A Child’s Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety, and Etiquette and Ignore It: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction. Dr. Pearlman received her doctorate in social welfare from Yeshiva University and her master’s degree in social work from New York University. She is the mom of two teens. 

 

Connect with Dr. Pearlman

Website http://thefamilycoach.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thefamilycoachsays/ 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thefamilycoach/ 

Twitter https://twitter.com/thefamilycoach

 

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