(This represents a commonly asked question about this topic)

Dear Dr. Shapiro

One of our children is suffering from the after-effects of trauma and we were strongly advised by his therapist and our Rav to relax our house rules regarding Internet use for him.

We are certainly OK with that, but we are wondering how to explain to his older and younger siblings why he gets to have a smartphone and basically unrestricted Internet use while they are all required to follow our (reasonable) Internet guidelines. We haven’t broached this subject with our kids, but we assume they will be quite resentful.

Any guidance you can share with us would be helpful.


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