Last year I posted an article for us on developing a Facebook contract for teens. Â Being that we have one, we didn’t just want to open the floodgates and give her free reign. Â We’ve talked to some parents who have different types of ways to accomplish this. Â As we began tackling this, I dove into some research on similar types of deals with cell phones.
I remember when Grace was in third grade, one of her classmates came to school with a bedazzled Blackberry. Â And so it began. Â What do we do with cell phones? Â When would she need one? Â How would we address responsibility and empowerment? Â We didn’t need a cell phone when we were in school. Â Why now?
We decided when Grace turned 15, we would find a service with some parental controls to teach her responsible use. Â After lots of searching, I found a company called Kajeet. Â It uses the Sprint network and has parental controls at the network level. Â They’re simple and work well. Â After over a year, I’d recommend this service for first timers looking for something simple, safe, and no contract. Â You can customize the way the network is setup based on each phone. Â For instance, you can decide what numbers work, what times of the day they work (inactive during school hours or after a certain time at night), and students can earn points towards minutes using a wallet system. Â Find out more at www.kajeet.com
Our Custom Contract
Similarly to our Facebook contract, I created a cell phone contract as well. Â Being that there is no long-term contract to sign, I decided to create one based on a lot of Google searches on what other parents are trying to do. Â You can download the PDF, Pages, and Word versions.