Babita doesn’t have a phone. She has parents who work, eat, and sleep technology but she doesn’t have a phone. Why?One, she is Twelve , and her parents (mainly mom… and mom is always right) doesn’t think she is emotionally ready for a phone.
“Sure, she would know the technology back and forth, but we aren’t sure if she is ready with the emotional responsibility that comes with putting a computer in her pocket “. Says mom. Many other statements like“There are mean people everywhere, but owning a phone just gives them more access to our child. Lastly, our daughter goes from home to school and school to home. Where is the need for a phone? I’m not one of the parents who believe my child will always be safe and never in danger just because she has a phone”. Do phones help with safety? Maybe. But mostly they are status symbols that occasionally make the child’s and parent’s lives a little less hectic. Many Parents often ask this question – whether their child is ready to get a phone or not. I tell them that cell phones (and all technology) is wonderful. I wouldn’t want to be without it. But I also don’t want my child to grow up in a world in which that’s all she knows. I would strongly advocate that the day you plan to buy a cell phone for your teenage child, sit with him/her and read out these rules. If the child and you mutually agree to them, there is no harm in getting the phone.
My rules……… as I am your parent and I am buying this phone for you.
(If you love your child enough to gift him/her a phone, you must ensure that your child signs this Rule chart / undertaking before he/she stats using the phone.. ) I will share these rules with you . I am not a genius but a good mom.
An open letter to my son
“Happy New Year!” You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. WoW!! You are a good and responsible 13 year old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations. Please read through the following contract. I hope you understand it is my job to raise you into a well-rounded, healthy young man that can function in the world and coexist with technology, not be ruled by it. Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership. I love you madly and look forward to sharing several million text messages with you in the days to come.
- It is my phone. I bought it. I paid for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren’t I the greatest?
- I will always know the password.
- If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads “Mom” or “Dad”. Not ever.
- Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30 pm every school night and every weekend night at 9:00 pm. It will be switched off for the night and not turned on before 7:30 am. If you would not make a call to someone’s land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text. Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected.
- you are not allowed to carry it to school with you. Have a conversation with the people you text in person. It’s a life skill. *Half days, field trips and after school activities will require special consideration.
- If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes in thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs. Water plants for a week, help mom in the kitchen, set up your room and a cupboard, part away some pocket money or birthday money. It will happen, you should be prepared.
- Do not use technology to lie, fool, or deceive another human being. Do not involve yourself in conversations that are hurtful to others. Be a good friend first or stay the hell out of the crossfire.
- Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person.
- No dirty sites or porn. Search the web for information you would openly share with me. If you have a question about anything, ask a person – preferably me or your father.
- Turn it off, silence it, put it away in public. Especially in a restaurant, at the movies, or while speaking with another human being. You are not a rude person; do not allow the iPhone to change that.
- Do not send or receive pictures of your private parts or anyone else’s private parts. Don’t laugh. Someday you will be tempted to do this despite your high intelligence. It is risky and could ruin your teenage/college/adult life. It is always a bad idea. Cyberspace is vast and more powerful than you. And it is hard to make anything of this magnitude disappear – including a bad reputation.
- Don’t take a zillion pictures and videos. There is no need to document everything. Live your experiences. They will be stored in your memory for eternity.
- Leave your phone home sometimes and feel safe and secure in that decision. It is not alive or an extension of you. Learn to live without it. Be bigger and more powerful than FOMO – fear of missing out.
- Download music that is new or classic or different than the millions of your peers that listen to the same exact stuff. Your generation has access to music like never before in history. Take advantage of that gift. Expand your horizons.
- Play a game with words or puzzles or brain teasers every now and then.
- Keep your eyes up. See the world around you. Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk. Its important to wonder about the wonderful world without Goggling.
In case you will mess up, I will take away your phone. We will sit down and talk about it. We will start over again. You and I, we are always learning. I am for you. It is my hope that you can agree to these terms. Most of the lessons listed here do not apply to the iPhone, but to life. You are growing up in a fast and an ever changing world. It is exciting and enticing. . Trust your powerful mind and giant heart above any machine. I hope you enjoy your awesome new iPhone. Happy New Year Once again!
Lots of love
-Posted by Principal Mrs. Neeti Kaushik