Q: I have three teenagers under 16 in the house, and we disagree about how late phones calls can be made. I say no outgoing calls after 10:00 P.M.; they say it’s all right if the friend they’re calling has a phone in their bedroom.
A: Even if a teenager has a telephone in his room, it could ring elsewhere in the house. But aside from concerns about disturbing, there’s the issue of sleep: Teenagers who are talking to their friends late into a school night probably aren’t getting enough of it. That’s why many parents set 10:00 P.M. as the weekday cutoff for outgoing calls.