Our son Chippy enters 7th grade this year.  In fact, at this very moment he is attending summer band camp at the Frost Middle School in Fairfax, VA where he will start his classes in September.

He tells me that he “needs” a cell phone because “all his friends” have one. 

I say, “Forget it, talk to me when you get to high school.” 

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I keep reading articles, such as the one today in the New York Times, about the “cyberbullying” going on in the 5th and 6th grade (!!!) and the attempts of school administrators to deal with it.

Help me here, why are parents giving their kids cell phones?  

Not only are these kids being given access to cell phones without oversight, they are using Facebook accounts to harass and intimidate other students.

Is parental common sense and oversight a thing of the past?


  • Deal W. Hudson

    Deal W. Hudson is ​publisher and editor of The Christian Review and the host of “Church and Culture,” a weekly two-hour radio show on the Ave Maria Radio Network.​ He is the former publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine.

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