Mum Makes 12-Year-Old Sign Contract On How He'll Use His Mobile Phone
In the modern world of technology and social media, it's understandable that parents might worry about their children's safety using phones and being online.
But, one mum has come up with genius hack to make sure her son uses his phone in a safe way - by making him sign a contract.
Mel Watts, aka the woman behind The Modern Mumma, wrote up the contract for her 12-year-old Ayden, and shared it on her blog.
"Before we gave Ayden his mobile phone we wrote up an agreement that was to be agreed on by his three parents (modern day families these days lol) and then had to be signed by ALL parties," she explained.
"This piece of paper pretty much gave up the ability to put down some ground rules and allow us to monitor what he's doing.
"To be honest no I don't think we should be giving our younger teenagers mobile phones with social media however I didn't want to be that parent who wouldn't allow it.
"I grew up with parents who didn't allow me to have a phone and I did feel isolated and left out, it wasn't a nice feeling.
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"Having to trust that your child is doing the right thing is nerve wrecking, It's a big step and a scary one for some parents."
The contract is made up of 17 rules that Ayden must follow in order to keep his mobile phone. But, if he breaks any of these rules, his phone will be taken away.
They include that Ayden must always answer calls and texts from his parents, and must pay for any repairs out of his own pocket.
Ayden also agreed not to use his phone before 7.30am and his phone must be handed back to a parent before bedtime.
View this post on InstagramMy reasons; every single one of them. Ayden; the reason I became a mama. The reason I am strong, brave and caring. @_nolanwatts; the reason I am so loved and love life so much more the reason I get where I am and the reason I want to get there. Ivie; the reason for learning patience and understanding. The reason that performing on cue is always acceptable. The reason I won't talk negatively in front or ears reach of my children. Indie; the reason I learnt to be compassionate, forgiving and that sleep is for the weak. Sonny; the reason you'll never regret the babies you have, also the reason we won't have anymore. The reason I fought so hard against anxiety and the reason I got my life back on track. You have reasons, some times they can be overlooked and not understood. Look at the small things you have not the things you don't :heart:
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Mel included that he must never troll anyone and never upload anything to social media that he wouldn't want his family to see - which are pretty good rules to live by if you ask us. She added that her son must tell her if he is ever bullied online.
While these rules might seem a bit much for some parents, it seems to be working well for Mel and Ayden.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Mel Watts