There's an app for that! There are actually several different apps that you can find on the App store that can help. See how easy it is to find accountability for yourself and your family’s phone usage.
There are systems that can track all the devices and turn the internet on and off at certain times. There are systems that make the apps on their phone disappear after a certain time. There is going to be strong temptation to look places they are not supposed to look. There are apps and filters that can notify you when your teenager may be looking at inappropriate websites. Covenant Eyes and NetNanny. Circle is another app that is able to check, disable and track all the devices on the router.
There are many apps and they are worth looking into and trying.
Be warned! There are many ways around these systems and the teenagers talk. The saying, "prevention over intervention" is crucial here. So the best way to set boundaries is to limit it all from the beginning. Tell all your friends whose children are not yet tweens to start with good technology boundaries now. Once freedom is granted it is HARD to reign in.
How to introduce freedom for your teenager with their phone
Grow together in responsibly using technology!
The key is to relinquish freedom as your teen becomes responsible. Recognize that once you allow certain freedoms it is near impossible to back track. Keeping teens busy can be helpful to limit their technology addictions. Exercise, sleep and a healthy diet will improve their mood and reduce the desire to scroll to self soothe.