The new year is here and we are already getting much faster, much stronger, and much smarter. Parents have to be as the technology and education offered to their child these days is much more advanced than what we had as a child.
According to The Next Web, Janelle Burley Hofman gave her 13-year-old son Gregory an iPhone for Christmas…as long as he was willing to sign a contract she drew up. The contract is an extensive 18-point learning lesson about the ills and thrills of owning such a device and how he’s allowed to use it.
Some of the points of the contract are as follows:
1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren’t I the greatest?
2. I will always know the password.
The first two items of the contract would make most teenagers cringe. But it doesn’t stop there:
4. Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30pm every school night & every weekend night at 9:00pm. It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30am. If you would not make a call to someone’s land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text. Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected.
17. Keep your eyes up. See the world happening around you. Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk. Talk to a stranger. Wonder without googling.
And my all time favorite item on the contract:
6. If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs. Mow a lawn, babysit, stash some birthday money. It will happen, you should be prepared.
Do you think this contract is too much or just enough? How much of an effect do you think it will have on the child? Let us know what you think.
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