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Why a Family Tech Contract Will Benefit Everyone

by Deborah Song

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Here is a sample tech contract I made for my 6 and 8-year-old.

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Be open and honest. It’s not your fault if you find things on YouTube that’s violent, mean or scary. But if you do, don’t hide it. Tell mommy and daddy so they can help stop these shows from frightening or teaching bad things to other children. By not keeping secrets, you can be part of the solution.

 

Tuesdays are tech-free days. There is no watching on Tuesdays. Do not complain about being bored. Find something else to do.

 

No watching while eating. If you don’t pay attention to what you’re eating, you may end up eating more than you should and you won’t appreciate the taste.

 

No watching after 7pm. Screen time right before you go to bed will prevent you from getting restful sleep and you may wake up cranky the next morning.

 

No watching when mommy and daddy are still sleeping.

 

You have one hour of screen time on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays after you have finished your homework, and after you have spent 5 minutes cleaning your room. If you don’t do your homework or clean that day, you will lose your screen time for the following day.

 

You have two hours of screen time on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But only while you are at home. There is no watching at friends’ houses, in the car or at church. Please do not ask.

 

Remember tech manners. When someone comes over, pause what you’re watching and politely greet your guests, whether they are friends or relatives. When someone is speaking to you while you are watching, pause and give eye contact.

 

Do not take the iPad or a phone into the bathroom. Never leave drinks or other liquids next to any electronic device because this can cause permanent damage. Learn to take care of your things.

 

Encourage every member of the family (yes, even mommy and daddy) to follow these rules. 

Deborah Song is the founder of travelbyword.com, a cruelty-free company committed to creating travel accessories that help travelers journey with ease, efficiency and elegance. She loves to travel the globe in pursuit of good food, wider life perspectives and great adventure stories with her kids. Deborah is a Canadian-born, mompreneur and Los Angeles-based writer, who obtained her master’s in journalism from New York University. You can find her travel stories at www.blog/travelbyword.com.

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