Parenting poll: Do you let your kids text message at the dinner table?

Photo Credit: Getty ImagesPhoto Credit: Getty ImagesAn NBC affiliate in Philadelphia recently posed a challenge to five high school students: Could they give up text messaging, cell phones, iPods, computer time and video games for 10 days?

David Silver, one teen involved in the challenge, admitted that it wasn't as difficult as he thought it would be to give up his tech gadgets or online time. He studied more, did his homework, went to the gym, and--wait for it-- he talked to his friends and family members.

There are many parts of this NBC story that struck me, such as the sheer volume of text messages Silver received in month (14,000). Or how his mom finally got to meet some of his friends. Or worse, how sad it was that his mom felt she missed her son because of the time he spent texting.

But what bothered me most was the admission that he spent every night at the dinner table and texting his friends. (Ironically, when Silver was on his technology fast, it irked him when his sister was texting at the dinner table.)

I'm still perplexed at the number of kids I see text messaging at dinner time while out for a family meal. Sometimes it's a family with a mix of tweens and teens...all texting. I'm just going to admit it: It really bugs me.

I won't get on my soapbox. I already shared my rant last year about how much I believe we need to bring back table manners for kids.

But I'm definitely curious. My questions for you: Do you let your kids text message at the dinner table? Why? What boundaries to you set for text messaging/cell phone use?