As our eldest daughter is starting intermediate this year, we thought it was a good time to get her a phone. I think a lot of other parents thought the same thing as the shop was filled with very excited and eager tweens and teens getting new phones, and parents re-directing their kids to the not so expensive phones. It’s not a decision we took lightly, it seems kid’s are getting phones much younger these days and our rule was always that we would look at it when the girls start intermediate. I mean I got my first phone when I was 19 and it was a Nokia 3210, however I don’t think waiting til that age now would go down well.
After much research and looking around and talking to the sales guy in the store we decided on a Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro.
Having a phone now teaches her to be responsible for something, it gives her a bit of independence and freedom as well. I am glad that I can now contact her or vice versa when she is out walking to school and home, at her after school activities etc. But before we handed over the phone we had to go over some ground rules, and I wanted her to have some sort of contract between herself and us. So trusty Google came up with the goods. I downloaded a cell phone contract and a social media contract. She isn’t on social media but has asked if she can get Instagram, which I am still considering. My husband and I were chatting the other day and we both agreed that technology is not the enemy, it’s when people abuse and misuse it, that’s when it becomes a problem. Technology is moving forward and our kids are bang smack in the middle so instead of holding her back and sheltering her from it all, it’s better that she learns about it.
Now I know some people might think having a contract is a bit over the top, and that’s fine, but for us, since kids are getting phones younger now, we wanted to educate her and make her aware of cyber bullying, the many weirdo’s that are out there, what is and isn’t appropriate use of the phone and social media. Even photographs, what’s acceptable and what’s not.
Here are the links to the contracts that I have downloaded and used, the social media contract is from iMom and Cell Phone contract is from 30 Hand Made Days. They are pretty good.