Have you seen this?
A coworker forwarded this blog post to me a while ago. Basically, Janell Burley Hofmann buys her 13-year-old son an iPhone for Christmas. But, in order to get it, he has to sign a contract – an 18 point contract that Burley Hofmann created.
A few of the points:
- It is my phone. I bought it. I pay 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.
Burley Hoffman goes on for 15 more points. 15 more awesomely, well-written points. I think she rocks. And, if the kid ever gets a cell phone, I’m totally copying her. But, it brings to mind another post I did, a long time ago: Uhm… Why does a 9-year-old need a Cell Phone?
Do you think 13 is an appropriate age to have a cell phone? Too young? Why or why not?