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What to Do Before Giving Kids Their First Phone with Dr. Catherine Pearlman – Easy EdTech Podcast 177

In this episode, Dr. Catherine Pearlman, author of First Phone: A Child’s Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety, and Etiquette, joins to discuss what to do before giving kids their first phone. You’ll also hear actionable tips for educators and families to consider, whether you work closely with families or help prepare students to navigate the digital world.

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First Phone

Tips for Giving Kids Their First Phone

  • Assess kid’s ability to disconnect.
  • Establish guidelines for personal device use.
  • Start conversations on tech-etiquette early.
  • Give kids strategies for shutting down.

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Monica Burns

Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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