So you bought your pre-teen or teen a phone for Christmas. As you watch them navigate their new phone, using data, sending messages, surfing the web, you might be wondering how to set some boundaries. If you are an avid Pinterest user, you may have even taken to this popular website to find some ideas. That's what the kids of my co-worker did. She bought one child a phone and another an iPod. They each created a contract for their device.
,After going on Pinterest, her children and her found 4 contracts they liked and then worked to pull out the items in each they liked. Using highlighters they found the most important pieces of each and then, working together, they created their own phone contract. Click the icon to go to my Pinterest board with the 4 contracts they used.
Here is what their process looked like.
Basically they put what they were responsible for and then what they would not do with it. Kids will tie more respect to the rules if they are helping to create them. By setting the rules for them, kids are more inclined to want to skirt around them. Let them be involved, but also set your expectations. Doing rules that started with "don't" or "no" aren't as helpful because it just tells them what not to do. Use rules that tell them what you expect.
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In my classroom I started using rules that gave my expectations instead of those that said what I didn't want. It was a more positive approach and it actually told them what I wanted. For example, "No running in the halls" becomes "Walk in the halls". Then "Don't talk out" becomes "Raise your hand to talk".
Good luck making your contracts! Happy New Year!
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