Smart Phone Contract for Youth

Mom’s contract for the Christmas present gift of an iPhone.

What do you think? Will a contract work? Anyone try this? What would you include?

Dear Gregory

Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! You are a good and responsible 13-year-old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations. Please read through the following contract. I hope that you understand it is my job to raise you into a well rounded, healthy young man that can function in the world and coexist with technology, not be ruled by it. Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership.

I love you madly and look forward to sharing several million text messages with you in the days to come.

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.

3. If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads “Mom” or “Dad.” Not ever….

Read the rest at the link above.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • David

    For a thirteen year old, I agree. As the kid gets older, though, the mere fact that these rules are formalized are likely to cause a lot of tension and cause him to feel untrusted.

  • Debbie

    I like this… as a parent about to purchase two phones for children, ages 12 and 15, I had thought of something like this but not as extensive. When the new phones enter the house so will a “contract” for each child regarding the phone use. I have chosen the pay-as-you-go plan because I want the option of shutting a line down if need be. The phone will not rule the child!


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