You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. 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.
Happy 5th Birthday to Gregory’s iPhone Contract! Here we are being interviewed on @goodmorningamerica in 2012. Amazing how much has happened since this moment. I’ll always be so grateful to G for showing up – at just 13 years old – in trust & maturity during these early moments of media & attention, especially as a new career emerged for me from this personal space. Now that he’s 18, I can say for sure when digital parenting is relational, value based, mentored & mirrors a healthy family system, the Internet is an amazing & powerful part of a teenager’s life. The original contract is linked in bio. I’ve also added a pic of G playing ping pong this week because he’s rocking a pretty sweet mustache worthy of a shoutout. #tech #positive #digital #parenting #family #love #trust #internet #smartphone #health
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 “Mum” or “Dad”. Not ever.
4. Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30pm every school night and 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, excursions 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.
How would you go living without technology? We take a look at what it takes to become a tech-free family, on our podcast for imperfect parents. Post continues after audio.