We got our tween a cell phone. I wanted to avoid this moment until he was closer to 13 but realized that I really just liked that number because it was a teen number. I really had no logic that went along with it and was letting my mom emotions run the show. When my husband and I talked about the real reasons he should have one, we knew the time had come for our almost eleven year old to have a cell phone AND a cell phone contract.
The decision to get any child a cell phone is a big one and deserving of a cell phone contract to make sure both parents and child are clear on the rules of cellular engagement.
There was a time when all kids wanted was a bicycle for the holidays or to stay the night at a friend’s house. I wouldn’t know anything about that because both of my children have grown up in the digital age. That means I am one of the many pioneer parents dealing with the unchartered waters of digital parenting. Our best defense as parents is to keep our children honest and safe. We use a cell phone contract to get started and will go from there.
Why did we draw up a cell phone contract?
Because our son is a child – that’s why. If we want him to be successful with the cell phone and not have it be a constant thorn in all of our sides because we are frustrated with how he is using it when he is using it and so on, it is up to US to teach HIM how to be successful.
The rules in this contract are the most critical items we needed him to understand, as well as the simplest items that we knew he would abide by. If you make things too complicated or too restrictive, kids will find a way to break the rules. If they break the contract, it’s all for nothing.
The cell phone contract we came up with for our tween is below and there is a handy link right below it that you can click on to print this cell phone contract to use with your own tween.
You can easily print this contract for tweens by clicking on this link or the image above and use it with your own family. Even if your kids aren’t cell phone ready yet, it’s a good tool to have in your back pocket.
And yes, there are 16 rules on the contract.
While some may think that is too many, having a cell phone is a BIG responsibility with HIGH costs. Thus, if he wants it, he should understand that there is a lot at stake. He should approach owning it differently than his favorite toys.
My hope is that this cell phone contract for tweens helps you in your digital parenting responsibilities with your own child. Remember to discuss the contract with your child in a calm and age appropriate manner so everyone is on the same page.