Because many kids are messaging or texting throughout the day, "there is no break from any kind of drama," or peer-related problems their children might be having, said Gallagher.
Both experts said the long-term effects of children's constant use of technology is unknown and needs more study. Also, they both emphasized the need for parents to talk with their children, and start early.
Citing the example of a parent who resorted to turning off the router at night, Polos said it's important to get a jump on things before it becomes a big problem.
"By then, the horse is out of the barn," said Polos, when parents delay getting involved.
For more on teens and texting, go to the Pew Research Center.
SOURCES: Richard Gallagher, Ph.D., associate professor, child and adolescent psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, and director, Parenting Institute, Child Study Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; Peter G. Polos, M.D., Ph.D., attending physician and clinical instructor, Sleep Disorders Center, JFK Medical Center, Edison, N.J.; Nov. 1, 2010, presentation, American College of Chest Physicians annual meeting, Vancouver
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