No child comes with a manual, and there’s definitely no guide to managing your child’s entry into the world of technology. Every kid matures at a different rate, and it can be tricky for parents to determine when their boy or girl is ready for Facebook, tablets, and yes – smartphones.
One mom (and blogger) decided her 13-year-old son might be ready for his first phone, so she gave him an iPhone for Christmas – with strings attached. With her gift she included an 18-point contract outlining exactly how and how not the iPhone was to be used.
Some of her rules include:
- Mom, not Gregory, technically owns the phone and will always know the password.
- No ignoring calls from Mom or Dad. “Not ever.”
- Don’t take the phone to school. “Have a conversation with the people you text in person. It’s a life skill.”
- “Don’t take a zillion pictures and videos. There is no need to document everything. Live your experiences. They will be stored in your memory for eternity.”
You can read the full contract (and even download it) here.
How do you feel about her method? Do you think it’s overbearing or innovative and appropriate? Let us know in the comments and please share your own parental experiences with introducing your children to smartphones.