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Teen Health 411
Teen Health 411

Unplugging for Summer Camp - Harder on Parents or Teens?

It is that time of year again. Our teens are preparing to go off to have great adventures at summer camps. They pack up and disconnect as more and more camps do not allow cell phones, computers, ipods, or BlackBerries.

For teens who are used to connecting to friends via text messages, wall writing, and IMs, the reality of no electronic connection may be terrifying. That reality may be just as scary to parents who are used to being in almost constant communication with their teens. The prospect of two weeks without emailing twittering, IMing, or talking with theirs teens may be enough for some parents to pull the plug on the whole idea.

If you are one of these teens or parents wondering if you can actually unplug for several weeks, have no fear. Camps help teens make new friends, keep them busy all day and most teens will sleep like rocks after a day of healthy food, fresh air and vigorous exercise. They will be fine - will you?

Consider it practice for when they go off to college and forget to call you for weeks on end! Remember to tell them you love them, sign up for any secure access camps provide where they can upload pictures, and most importantly - do not be that parent who calls every day to make sure your teen is OK.
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About the Author

Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.