TEEN TOPIC #30: What do you feel your parents’ input should be during school hours? Should they text or call you? If you have Nightscout/Share/Cloud/whatever BG sharing app, should they text or call you/your school based on what they are seeing on their screen? Would you WANT a call or text?

Jordan (age 18)
No, I believe that parents should not be involved in texting or calling the child about their number. When children are with the parents it is their time to learn from their parents about how to live on their own with diabetes, like how when a student is in school he is there to learn. When a child is away from his parents is his time to apply what he has learned and practice living with diabetes on their own, like how when a child goes home, he practices what he has learned in school on his own to master the skill.
 
Skylyn(age 16)
I don’t think my parents should have any input during school hours. It’s only 7 hours and we all go to school to learn, not mess around and freak out over BG numbers. As long as you bolus for what you eat and correct or take something to get your BG back to target range, you will be fine. If you really need help, that’s what the school nurse or support staff is there for.
Mercedes (age 16)
I don’t think that they should call or text you when you are at school, it keeps kids from learning. I don’t think if they have some kind of Share they should call or text you unless they are extremely low.
 
Claire (age 17)
I think parents should stay out of students business, especially during school hours. Despite diabetic reasons, parents shouldn’t interfere with their kids’ education.
 
Ashley C. (age 14)
I only call my mom during school if I’m having a hard time controlling a high or low other than that I’m on my own.
 
Erin (age 17)
My parents have always let me self manage, and this year I’m only at school for half the time because of my classes, so if something comes up I just call. My school is really lax on letting us use our phones and easily can text whenever if I am low. I don’t use the sharing apps.
 
Cameron (age 17)
My parents and I both have the Share feature for Dexcom, but we only use it when I am playing in a tennis match. I’m not always going to be able to tell when I’m low when I’m on the court, so my parents turn it on to look out for me. If I had the Share on during school, I would only expect a text if I was low for a period of time, not the minute I go low.
 
Jessica (age 20)
I think that communication during grade school hours should only be if necessary if the diabetic feels open to it (or if they are a small child). If nothing is wrong or out of the ordinary then a simple recap at dinner or the end of the day seems sufficient for those in middle school or older. Nurses and diabetics should be, in my opinion, self sufficient and knowledgeable enough to handle the day without constant communication from parents. I think that parents texting kids based on their phone information is too controlling and inhibits the diabetic from learning to be independent. If they notice a long period of time with high or low blood sugar, then they could possibly ask if everything is okay, but I don’t see a need to text the minute a number spikes or drops. I also believe that it is a nice comfort to have the ability to reach my parents if and whenever necessary, but should be up to the student to initiate contact in most cases.
 
Ashley B. (age 15)
I text my mother my blood sugars, and sometimes ask for advice.
 
Nick (age 19)
I’m in college now, so a call to remind me about doing a test would be a bit odd. Even in high school, I was compulsive about checking my blood sugar and doing my insulin, and my parents knew it. However, I do know of some people who were the exact opposite, and actively tried to not do tests. For these people, it might require a call from parents to get them on track.
I’ve never used a blood glucose sharing app, but I love the idea, especially for young kids or for when I’m on a trip away from civilization. In those situations, it would be good to have someone checking up on you.
 
Zyler (age 16)
They should not text and call me while I am at school. I have work and stuff I need to get done and it’s annoying when they keep texting me.
 
Ian (age 14)
I feel that my parent’s impact should be minimal, but if the need arises for them to take action (need being an undeniable “pull” to take action that concerns my safety at the discretion of my parents) I feel they have every right to do so. I feel at my school, as small as it is, there isn’t a need for them to call.
 
Joseph (age 15)
I use the Facebook Messenger app to text my mom, and my teachers allow me to if it’s related to diabetes.
 
Vanessa (age 15)
I personally don’t talk to my mom during school unless I’m really high. I never go to my nurse just so I can be more independent and get ready for college. But if I feel the need to let her know, I will text her in class and all of my teachers know that I’m allowed to. I just have to let them know that’s what I’m doing.
 
Laura (age 16)
I think texting and calling can be helpful sometimes because I know I have really bad days where my sugar is wacky and sometimes I need more supplies. I don’t think it’s exactly necessary to be allowed a cell phone though, because the school phone is usually always open, too.
 

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