DEAR MS. SMARTPHONE: MY TWO CHILDREN TAKE THE SCHOOL BUS EVERY MORNING AND AFTERNOON. I HAVE HEARD FROM ANOTHER PARENT THAT THE KIDS ARE USING THEIR PHONES ON THE BUS TO WATCH VIDEOS OR GOSSIP. DO YOU THINK THAT THIS SHOULD BE ALLOWED? Kira, Cambridge
Dear Kira: School bus travel has always seemed like the “Wild Wild West” but smartphones on kids’ buses present yet another contemporary issue. Some school districts, and even an entire country (France) ban phones during school hours, but what should be done after-hours? Perhaps bus drivers like this because the kids are less rambunctious and loud. I would try to find out if the information from your friend is true. Then, limiting your kids’ phones to only Wifi (assuming the bus is not Wifi enabled) and using a tracking app, similar to the one on iOS12 might be first steps. Other parents? Join in!