Mum's iPhone Contract

Ben - Tue 01 January 2013 - iPhone, children

Janell Burley Hofmann blogger and mother has given her 13 year old an iPhone but with an 18 point contract. I like the idea of her building strong foundations in her son regarding technology. Some of my favourite points are

Do not use this technology to lie, fool, or deceive another human being. Do not involve yourself in conversations that are hurtful to others. Be a good friend first or stay the hell out of the crossfire.

Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person.

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.

Turn it off, silence it, put it away in public. Especially in a restaurant, at the movies, or while speaking with another human being. You are not a rude person; do not allow the iPhone to change that.

If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs.

However being someone who was given a 100% access to a mobile from when I was 11 (though I paid for my Nokia 402). I won't be enforcing rules like

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.

And it not going to school. But by the time I have a 13 year kid and is wanting an iPhone 12S, I'm sure I'll feel differently.

Also I think a lot of adults need to learn "Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person"!

[via TNW]