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Technology Needs a Contract

With the holiday season coming up, I imagine technology gifts will be all the rage under the Christmas tree.  The iPhone 6 and 6+ are new and very hot items.  Are we prepared to teach our children the rules of using that cell phone?

Today’s show is my interview with Janell Burley-Hoffman and she talks to me about her book, iRules.  IRules talks about the contract she had with her son with the purchase of his first iPhone.  All of us need a contract for our children in using technology.  This is a great idea and good information for this holiday season.

Technology can be a dangerous thing when put into our children’s hands.  Do your children properly use their iPhone?  Are they spending too much time on their cell phones?  Does their technology interrupt family time?  Do you verse them in social etiquette in using that cell phone?  Do you give them an idea of how you want them to respect the rules of the home and others when using the cell phone?  This podcast show will help answer some of those questions.

Janell gave her son an iPhone for his birthday when he was 13 years old.  Along with the iPhone, she gave her son a contract for using his iPhone.   Janell is a blogger for Huffington Post and when she posted her contract, it went viral.  The next day, Good Morning America was in her living room.   Listen to this show and  you will learn the following:

1.  According to, 81% of young people think that cyber bullying is easier to get away with than bullying in person.  Only 10 percent of victims will turn to a parent or trusted adult for help.  Why do you think children don’t talk about it?

2.  IRules Contract the 18 rules and if violated, it will terminate the use of the iPhone.

3.  The iPhone does not go to school with you.

4.  The iPhone is returned to parents promptly at 7:30 pm every school night.

5.  Problems with sexting and your child.

6.  You will mess up and what to do about it.

Please check out the latest podcast and learn about the importance of the contract for your child with the cell phone usage.

Information in this show:

Janell Burley Hoffman

I Rules



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