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Iphone rules

This is the list a mom gave her 13 year old when he got his first Iphone for Christmas. Do you agree?

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. 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.
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 yourself.
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 iPhone 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 reputation.
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.


01/03/2013 9:21AM
Iphone rules
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01/03/2013 12:17PM
Way too young to have an Iphone
When i was in school i had a small, cheap phone to see if i could be trusted and then.. went on from there.. gradually becoming more and more gadget filled. My youngest sister is 13 and i wouldn't trust her with a pair of straighteners let alone $500 - $1000 piece of equipment! Liam P.S Dont agree with 13 - 15 and what is with 17's "Talk to a stranger!?"
01/12/2013 7:12PM
No I don't agree but I would have a few tool but I'm not that over perteckdive
02/13/2013 5:38PM
i got my first phone when i was 6 and it was a smart phone, im 13 now and have an iphone 5 and so does everyone in my family. there arn't really rules my sister is 9 and she just got the iphone 5. Are parents are able to look at are messages but they dont. but too young for phones i doubt that when i was a baby i had one of the fake plastic phones so no one is to young for a phone real or fake
02/13/2013 5:42PM
this must be a boy who got the phone
02/22/2013 2:03PM
Good Parents
I think this is how parents should handle their kids; open, honest, and without being too controlling. She covers her expectations clear and concisely, without being too controlling. I came from a family who only talked about these things after the fact or in an abrupt "I don't trust you" manner. I think the way she handled it was great; more of a realistic approach 'you will mess up, and we will argue but keep these things in mind and use your phone responsibly'. I wish my mom had been more like this rather than talking to me after the fact.
03/08/2013 3:46PM
Well done
Great rules, keeping their kids focused on what's truly important than having a relationship with the world that's a mile wide and an inch deep.
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