Creating A Child Cell Phone Contract!
The challenge of child cell phone use is still very much an open
and will likely remain so!
Whether or not you feel that kids should or should not have
their own cell phone, and at what age, the fact remains that there are
a lot of children out there
who do have access to their own mobile phone.
Thus, learning how to best
manage their usage is a good use of a parent's time.
Kajeet, the cell phone service made specifically for kids,
has based its entire business on providing tools to help parents manage
the safety of our kids, while meeting the needs of children growing
up in a mobile-centric world. If you haven't already, you can
learn more about Kajeet's parental controls by visiting Cell
Phones for Kids
Make Them Sign A Parent-Child Cell
Kajeet proposes that parents create a kind of child cell phone contract
with our kids to help lay the groundwork for responsible and safe use
of their cell phones. The guidelines they suggest are not
specific to Kajeet services, and therefore can be used by any parent
with a child that has their own mobile phone. You can review The
on their website, where you can also download
the sample contract. Although their article is from a number
of years ago, it still remains 100% relevant, as the principles are
around behavior and responsibility, and not tied to the technology
they're using. Here's an overview of the spirit of the
contract that Kajeet proposes:
- Children will only communicate with people whom they know,
and if they get a call or message from someone they don't know, they
will tell their parents.
- Kids are not allowed to give out their mobile number
without permission from their parents.
- They will use their phone only during days and hours agreed
to by their parents, including times where usage is inappropriate (ex.
during meals, at school, while driving, etc.). Parents can
choose to specifically define these times in the contract.
- Kids will agree to keep their phone on while out with their
friends and answer calls/texts from their parents within a reasonable
amount of time.
- Children can take and send pictures and videos so long as
they'd be willing/comfortable letting their parents see them.
- They can access websites on their phone as allowed by their
parents (sites are listed in the contract).
- It defines how much money parents and children will
contribute to the monthly bill.
There are some other details and goodies in the sample child cell phone
contract sample. Overall, I think the contract is
well thought out, fairly comprehensive, and simple and easy to
understand. I feel that putting something like this together
with our kids is a fantastic idea, and shows a thoughtful
You may also want to consider including
what the penalties will be if certain elements of the contract are not
followed, or rules are consistently broken. And of course, to
be effective, you'll want to ensure that you follow through with
whatever punishment/ramifications you define! It's definitely
an interesting approach that's worth at least considering.
Please note that I am not affiliated with Kajeet; I'm sharing
this only due to its quality!s