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Parents' Top Back to School Tech Questions

Should I let my child bring an iPod (or other music device) to school?

Make sure your kid knows the rules about when it's OK to use devices at school.

Question: Is it true that "every kid brings their iPod to school" — as my kids insist that they do?

Answer:Students with ear buds stuck in their ears are a common sight in the hallways, study halls, lunchrooms, and even libraries of many middle and high schools. Today's teachers are pretty tolerant of kids listening to music at times during the day when they don't need to be listening to a teacher. If you decide to let your kid bring an iPod to school, set some limits. Make sure your kid follows the school's rules and that music isn't interfering with his or her ability to concentrate (if grades start slipping, that's a red flag). Remind them to take the headphones off when they're talking to people — especially teachers.

Hiding behind a wall of sound may not be a great way to make friends, so make sure the music is for entertainment — not a way to avoid people. And remember that expensive gadgets can wander off, so discuss a replacement plan for theft or loss. —Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media (Photo: iStock)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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