It has come to my attention that one of our household rules is not as main-stream as I originally assumed. It has been such a part of us, like eating vegetables and getting exercise, that it never crossed my mind to do differently. It has been the same rule since they got their very first handheld device as toddlers: When it is time for bed, we all plug-in our personal devices / phones / ipods downstairs and that is where they are supposed to stay until morning.
As it turns out, my son has quite a few friends. He is texting with countless people, many of whom I've yet to be introduced. I don't tend to be a helicopter parent and I am genuinely happy that he is expanding his social horizons. I have thought it through, and at this point, he's given me no reason to read all his texts (it seems laborious and after a few spot-checks, I've come to discover that middle-schoolers text about the most ridiculous of things), but I do give a very cursory glance at the bill to see who the kids are texting, with what frequency, and when (although it doesn't give the whole picture of what has occurred while on WiFi). I am finding that especially girls, text my son at 2am! YES 2AM! and often times, he responds! He is 13. And his iPhone is supposed to be plugged in downstairs. All Night.