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How can I reduce my teen's texting and emailing at night?

Here are some things you can do:

1. Education is key: Letting children know how the use of these electronic devices can affect their sleep and their performance the next day is critical in monitoring of their own behavior.

2. Setting an electronic curfew: One hour before bed, kids need to turn off all of the electronic devices that they normally use and start to wind down:

◦ 20 minutes of finishing up things to be done for tomorrow (e.g., getting clothes ready, packing up their backpack for school, etc.)
◦ 20 minutes for hygiene-nighttime bath, shower, brushing teeth, washing face, etc. (remember to do these in a dimly lit environment)
◦ 20 minutes for a relaxation ritual: reading a book with a parent, saying nighttime prayers, spending time talking with a parent about their day, etc.

3. Have the device in question out of reach: Charge cell phones in a special room and computers can be turned off or placed on a timer.

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