I’m a Cub Scout Leader for 8 year olds. I have a boy who has one of those watches that you can make calls on. He receives multiple calls during our hour long meetings from his parents who are “checking in on him”.
Is this a “smart watch” for the parents or a distraction for the boy, the leaders, and everyone else in the group?
Any ideas on how I should confront the boy’s parents?
Can you make a no phones policy during meetings?
We have one of those watches for our daughter, since we are free range parents (both working full-time) and have given her a lot of responsibility to travel alone, etc. The “smart watch” has been a lifesaver for both us and our daughter, but we are all very conscientious about its use.
It sounds like the child in your meetings and the callers are not being courteous. My daughter is very respectful about her watch and scolds us if we try and communicate with her at bad times. We have the settings established to keep her watch silent during school, and she doesn’t use it until afterwards, if necessary. As a courtesy to her, we do not call during times when we know she is busy. She is also capable of setting her watch on silent mode and does so frequently. I would recommend asking the child to do that at the beginning of meetings.
You also can spy on your kids and secretly listen to the conversation they have. We had one a short period of time. I thought it would be helpful for my son to call me after school if I happen to be late. It half the time didn’t work.
So we just gave up. He now just calls me with his Ipad when he gets home.
Your pack- your rules. Has this situation changed?
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.