Parents struggle with one big question these days: to get your tween/teen a cell phone or not? With a cell phone comes great responsibility, and if you decide to take the leap after months of hounding from your kid, you want to ensure that they will use it appropriately.
If you've decided to say yes and let them have a device, it might not be a bad idea to get them to sign a contract explaining how and when they will use it. While they might not be of age to sign the actual cellular services contract, they can sign one agreeing to terms and conditions set by mom and dad.
But where do you start? Industry member Jonathan Bacon and his wife Michelle took it upon themselves to create their own "family child phone contract." And it's so great, we asked for permission to share. Feel free to copy and paste this, fill in your own child's name, and make them sign on the dotted line before you decide to gift them with a new iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or other mobile device.
[FILL IN LAST NAME] Family Child Phone Contract
Agreement between [CHILD] & His Parentals
CHILD NAME (hereafter "NICKNAME? FIRST NAME?"), hereby enters into this agreement with PARENT(S) NAME(S) (hereafter "Parental(s)"), agreeing without disagreement or complaint to these rules, whereby the Parentals agree to uphold their end of the agreement by making phone payments each month and allowing NICKNAME/NAME phone to exist on their family plan. Any disagreements or resolutions are to be agreed upon prior to signing the document, or by unanimous consent of both Parentals.
Schooling is important to this family and as such, NICKNAME/NAME agrees to maintain an A- average in order to maintain use of the phone. If grades slip below an A-, NICKNAME/NAME has 1 month to bring grades back into good standing or will lose the phone until all grades are elevated back above an A- average.
NICKNAME/NAME agrees to treat parents with kindness and respect, and Parentals will do the same. If NICKNAME/NAME is rude on a continual basis (of more than 3 occurrences in a day, or 5 in a weekend), Parentals will take the phone for a period of 3 days on first offense and 1 week (including weekend) on second offense, and thereafter for any subsequent offense.
Lying is bad. Caught lying = 1 day. Caught lying twice = 1 week. Caught lying thrice = 1 month.
So on, and so on. Moral of this story, don't lie to parents.
Parentals must always know the password to the phone.
If phone interrupts activities out of the phone because NICKNAME/NAME decides to be on his phone or video games for excessive amounts of time, phone can be removed for 1 week or more. This is at the discretion of the Parentals.
NICKNAME/NAME agrees to not miss any committed activities with sports teams or church, outside of an excused absence due to illness or travel.
Any pornography or otherwise inappropriate material found on the phone will result in immediate confiscation until discussed. Punishment will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
NICKNAME/NAME agrees to turn in the phone every night. Failing to do so, will result in loss of the phone for a night. Multiple violations may result in further confiscation of the phone.
NICKNAME/NAME agrees to not turn off location services. Failing to do so, will result in loss of the phone for a night. Multiple violations may result in further confiscation of the phone.
NICKNAME/NAME agrees to attend to school and/or church social events, unless compelling reasons are agreed upon with Parentals.
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CHILD NAME Date PARENT NAME Date
*Parentals have the right to implement additional rules as needed and as new situations may dictate.