Smart Phones: Why Wait When He’s “The Only One.”

Smart phones present unprecedented challenges to parents. Consequently, we are encouraged to “wait until 8th.” Head of Mentoring here at The Heights, Joe Cardenas, wonders whether we should hang in there just a little longer.


Have Smart Phones Destroyed a Generation, Jean Twenge (

“Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.”

Teens find circumventing Apple’s parental controls is child’s play, Reed Albergotti (Washington Post)

“These are not rocket science, backdoor, dark Web sort of hacks,” said Chris McKenna, founder of the Internet safety group Protect Young Eyes. “It blows me away that Apple hasn’t thought through the fact that a persistent middle school boy or girl can bang around and find them.”

Joe Cardenas

About the guest:

Joe Cardenas

Joe Cardenas is the Head of the Mentoring program at The Heights. Mr. Cardenas also teaches The Freshman Core and AP Art History. Since coming to The Heights in 1994, he has organized cultural trips to Spain and Italy and service projects in Mexico and Peru. Mr. Cardenas completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a degree in American history; he received his M.A. in Private School Management from Columbia University. He taught at The Head-Royce School, an independent school in California, and at inner-city programs in Chicago and the Bronx before joining The Heights faculty.

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