I was very surprised to learn from my son, a ninth grader, that at least five boys in his class have cell phones. Obviously, I don’t know what “have” means, but I do know, based on my son, that while their school obviously has a policy against bringing phones to school, these cell phones are showing up in school. One of the phones is an iPhone, with, what I am told, unfettered internet access. Another boy has an iPod Touch, which I believe can also access the internet. At least three other boys have phones, though they don’t bring them to school. It seems that they are allowed to have them when they are home, and when they are with their friends, including my son, outside of school. One of those phones has internet access.
[I would have never known, except that my son slipped and made a comment about something over Pesach, and he admitted that he knew about this detail from his friend’s phone. I then managed to get the above info from him. There is no way he would have otherwise just offered the information.]
I have internet in my home, properly filtered. I am open-minded and tolerant, but somehow I see what is going on in my son’s class as very disturbing. I need not be specific about the dangers it presents. My question is how to deal with this. For personal reasons and for my son’s good, my husband and I cannot contact his rebbi or the principal. But I am very, very concerned about what is going on, what my son and the other boys may have been exposed to, and where this could lead.
Maybe I am overreacting. Maybe I am just an over-worried mom. Your advice or suggestions would be appreciated.
A Concerned Mother
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