A great example of a Cell Phone Contract with a 13 Year Old
Written by Janelle Hoffman 12/2012
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.
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.
5. It does not go to school with you. Have a conversation with the people you text in person. It’s a life skill. *Half days, field trips
and after school activities will require special consideration.
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.
7. 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.
8. Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person.
9. Do not text, email, or say anything to someone that you would not say out loud with their parents in the room. Censor
10. No porn. Search the web for information you would openly share with me. If you have a question about anything, ask a
person, preferably me or your father.
11. 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 cell to change that.
12. Do not send or receive pictures of your private parts or anyone else’s private parts. Don’t laugh. Someday you will be
tempted to do this despite your high intelligence. It is risky and could ruin your teenage/college/adult life. It is always a bad idea.Cyberspace is vast and more powerful than you. And it is hard to make anything of this magnitude disappear — including a bad
13. 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.
14. Leave your phone home sometimes and feel safe and secure in that decision. It is not alive or an extension of you. Learn to
live without it. Be bigger and more powerful than FOMO — fear of missing out.
15. Download music that is new or classic or different than the millions of your peers that listen to the same exact stuff. Your
generation has access to music like never before in history. Take advantage of that gift. Expand your horizons.
16. Play a game with words or puzzles or brain teasers every now and then.
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.
18. You will mess up. I will take away your phone. We will sit down and talk about it. We will start over again. You & I, we are
always learning. I am on your team. We are in this together.