Tonight at 10: Pick up! Getting kids to call you back

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Kids who don’t call you back.

If you’re a mom or dad, you’ve probably experienced this problem. The question is, what should you do about it?

Parents in the Tennessee Valley have mixed feelings on this issue. Some think bold measures, like apps that can put a teen's phone on lockdown, are a good idea. Others think those go way too far.

That's why WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to help parents.

In a special report, we'll talk with parents like Annie Neidert, who knows exactly what it's like to have a child suddenly stop returning calls.

"When she hit her teenager years, nothing was any of my business any longer,"  said Neidert.

You'll also hear from experts in behavioral counseling and get some important tips for managing communication with teenagers.

"We're trying to give responsibility to teenagers but they may not fully understand how to balance that," said Stacy Ikard, a local doctor of counseling.

Watch our special report "Pick Up" Wednesday, Nov. 12 on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 p.m.

5 comments

  • Rachel L

    When my child was younger, the rule was: I pay the cell phone bill, if you don’t answer my calls, the phone gets turned off…..it only took one time for that to work. 😊😊😊

    • Dan

      Sounds like a sound agreement to me ! I have no problem with the phone lockdown as long as they can still dial emergency numbers.

    • jb

      Yup! I agree. This story is one of those things that really shouldn’t be an issue. Either answer the phone when I call or u won’t have a phone…simple.

  • CBC

    Really WHNT? If a kid doesn’t answer a phone then they don’t need a phone.
    Parents need to start being parents again and stop being slaves to thier entitled brats!

  • Tim Williams Jr.

    If the lids phone is on my account and/or I am paying I will do what i want when I want in monitoring and tracking…If they want to to ignore my calls and not have me have a say so…Go get a job and get your own account…I live under my roof or ask me to pay your bills and it is my way or the highway.

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