Before we dive in, first of all, let`s see the obvious: allowing our children to use a technical tool that is dangerous enough to ask them to sign a written contract should set off a big red flag for parents. What do we think? Today`s smartphone culture is making our teens more stressed and anxious than ever1 and a contract won`t help relieve stress. The idea that a “magical” smartphone contract protects and keeps your children accountable is a myth that fosters our culture. If we put the model of adolescent brain research on the smartphone contract decision, things just don`t add up. Unfortunately, these powerful devices are designed to grab our children`s attention, their time, their innocence and, according to medical science, some of the best years of their lives. What you need more than a phone contract is more connections with you and more time to build personal relationships with their colleagues. You don`t need a contract for that. doi:10.5817/CP2013-1-3 If you`re still convinced that your smartphone contract will work, let`s talk about that task table from years ago. How did it go? If you`re like many families, this well-made task board sits under a magnet on the fridge behind the pizza takeaway menu – at least it`s ours. It was used for almost a week, then lost all its strength. This will also happen with your mobile phone contract. You can`t expect your kids to follow a phone contract if they can`t consistently follow simple instructions for pulling out their teeth, unloading the dishwasher, or emptying cats` toilets without your constant request.
Consistency around life skills works well as an indicator of smartphone availability. In this mobile phone agreement, we have gathered some expectations towards you and your child, which you can intercom, both for the way /when they use their phone and for the way / when you use your phone. . . .