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How to hand a smartphone to a child? Sign a contract! … and what the young recipient thinks about it

Sam Laird5, mashable.com

It’s a classic parenting dilemma of the digital age: You want your kid to have that shiny new smartphone, but don’t want that to lead to an ongoing power struggle over how it can and can’t be used.

It seems Janell Burley Hofmann, a blogger and mother of five, has found a solution.

She gave her 13-year-old son Gregory an iPhone for Christmas. But it came with a catch — namely, an 18-point contract outlining how Gregory’s new toy can and can’t be used. Hofmann published the contract on her personal website, and it provides some pretty interesting food for thought.

via Mom Gives Son a Christmas iPhone — With Strings Attached.

Charlie White, mashable. com, takes it a bit further…

But what did the young recipient think of those strings attached?

Our friends Nitrozac and Snaggy at The Joy of Tech intercepted Gregory’s caustic response. It looks like he has the matter totally under control:

via Mom: This’ll Teach You to Give Me an iPhone With Strings Attached [SUNDAY COMICS].

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This entry was posted on January 30, 2013 by in Children, Ethics & Policy, Youth and tagged , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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