Sample Cell Phone Contract for Parents and Tweens

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Deciding if your tween is responsible enough to have a cell phone isn't always an easy decision to make. And once you've made it, you will still need to teach your child some basic rules of cell phone ownership, as well as the responsibilities that come with having a cell phone.

Why You Need a Cell Phone Contract

Creating a cell phone contract between you and your tween is an excellent way to teach your child about these rules and responsibilities, as well as the consequences for not seeing them through. Be sure you go over every item in your contract, giving your child the opportunity to ask questions and even make suggestions.

The sample phone contract below can get you and your child started. Use the contract as is, or edit it according to your own rules and consequences. Review the contract together periodically, as circumstances and challenges may change.

Sample Cell Phone Contract

This contract between [Parents' Names Go Here] and [Tween's Name Goes Here] establishes family rules and consequences regarding cell phone usage.

[Tween's Name] Cell Phone Responsibilities

  • I will share my phone's password with my parents and they may use it to check my phone at any time.
  • I will not send threatening or mean texts to others.
  • I will not text or place phone calls after 9 p.m.
  • I will keep my phone charged at all times.
  • I will answer or respond promptly when my parents contact me.
  • I will not bring my cell phone to the family dinner table.
  • I will not go over our plan's monthly minutes or text message limits. If I do, I understand that I may be responsible for paying any additional charges or that I may lose my cell phone privileges.
  • I understand that I am responsible for knowing where my phone is, and for keeping it in good condition.
  • I will obey rules of etiquette regarding cell phones in public places. I will make sure my phone is turned off when I am in church, restaurants, or other quiet settings.
  • I will obey any rules my school has regarding cell phones, such as turning them off during class, or keeping them on vibrate while riding the school bus.
  • I will alert my parents when I receive suspicious or alarming phone calls or text messages from people I don't know.
  • I will also alert my parents if I am being harassed by someone via my cell phone.
  • I will not use my cell phone to bully another person.
  • I will send no more than _____ texts per day.
  • I understand that having a cell phone can be helpful in an emergency, but I know that I must still practice good judgment and make good choices that will keep me out of trouble and out of danger.
  • I will not send embarrassing photos of my family or friends to others. In addition, I will not use my phone's camera to take embarrassing photos of others.
  • I will not use my phone to buy or download anything without asking permission first.

Consequences

  • I understand that having a cell phone is a privilege and that if I fail to adhere to this contract, my cell phone privilege may be revoked.
  • If needed, I may help pay for the cost of the phone and/or for excess charges that I incur without permission from my parents.
  • I understand that my cell phone may be taken away if I talk back to my parents, fail to do my chores, or fail to keep my grades up.

Parent Responsibilities

  • I understand that I will make myself available to answer any questions my child might have about owning a cell phone and using it responsibly.
  • I will support my child when they alert me to an alarming message that they have received.
  • I will alert my child if our cell phone plan changes and impacts the plan's minutes.
  • I will give my child _______ warning(s) before I take his or her cell phone away.

Signed ______________________________ [Tween]

Signed ______________________________ [Parents]

Date ______________________________

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