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25 iPhone Rules for my Teenaged Daughter (Smart Phone Rules)

iPhone rules for my teenaged daughter – A news article was pointed out to me about a mother who had made up rules for her teenaged son to have an iPhone. So I used some of those rules, amended some, added some and such to create my list of rules for my daughter to use her iPhone. I also incorporated it to her iPod, computer and all other devices. I know first hand being a single parent is hard. I am glad that I have God on my side all of the way.

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25 iPhone rules for my teenaged daughter

  1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren’t I the greatest?
  2. I will always know the password.
  3. 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 “Dad”. Not ever.
  4. Hand the phone to your dad promptly at 8:45 pm every school night & every weekend night at 10:00 pm. It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 6:30 am. If you would not make a call to someone’s land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text. Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected.
  5. It does not go to school with you. Have a conversation with the people you text in person. It’s a life skill.
  6. If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs.
  7. Do not use this technology to lie, fool, or deceive another human being. Do not involve yourself in conversations that are hurtful to others. Be a good friend first!
  8. Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person.
  9. No porn.
  10. Turn it off, silence it, put it away in public. Especially in a restaurant, at the movies, or while speaking with another human being. You are not a rude person; do not allow the iPhone to change that.
  11. It is also to be put on silent and put away during church, Bible studies, family devotions, etc.
  12. Do not send or receive pictures of your private parts or anyone else’s private parts. Don’t laugh. Someday you will be tempted to do this despite your high intelligence. It is risky and could ruin your teenage/college/adult life. It is always a bad idea. Cyberspace is vast and more powerful than you. And it is hard to make anything of this magnitude disappear — including a bad reputation. These pictures will stay around and be spread to a wide range of people, including people you don’t know.
  13. Don’t take a zillion pictures and videos. There is no need to document everything. Live your experiences. They will be stored in your memory for eternity.
  14. Leave your phone home sometimes and feel safe and secure in that decision. It is not alive or an extension of you. Learn to live without it. Be bigger and more powerful than FOMO — fear of missing out.
  15. Download only Christian music on your iPhone/iPod, etc.
  16. Play a game with words or puzzles or brain teasers every now and then.
  17. Keep your eyes up. See the world happening around you. Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk.  Wonder without googling.
  18. When it comes to driving, put your phone away, do not call, talk, text, surf web or anything on the phone. Doing this will result in loss of driving as well. (this apply when you get your permit and as you get older and get your driver license).
  19. You must maintain C average or better in all classes. Any D’s or F’s will have iPhone taken away until that grade is back to a C or better.
  20. You will mess up. I will take away your phone. We will sit down and talk about it. We will start over again. You & I, we are always learning. I am on your team. We are in this together.
  21. Chores must be kept up with too. Bedroom must stay cleaned, house vacuumed, spills cleaned up. Dishes done
  22. NO bad attitudes toward me or anyone!
  23. Do not delete messages, etc. I am subject to go through your phone at any moments notice! I will know if you delete things. I can see your message and phone log Online.
  24. These rules also apply to your iPod, computer usage, all electronic means
  25. I can change these rules with or without notice.

I included a spot on the bottom where I would sign this and she would sign this. I would have it dated. I will make 2 copies. One for me and one for her. Feedback is encouraged! What do you think? Any rules that should be added? Any taken away? Any amended? Do you have similar rules? If so, has it worked? If not do you plan to have rules like this? I would love to hear what you think.


Footnote: This was from the Greg Hoffman iPhone 18 Point Contract. It was shared to me from a friend, who got it from another person’s wall. I also updated and added to the list.

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My name is Steve Patterson and I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I have been blogging at Courageous Christian Father since 2012, however, I have been blogging since around 2004. At church I help with the youth, van ministry, ushering or wherever else needed. Currently, I am working on my bachelors of theology. I am a father of an adult child. I work as a graphic designer. I also love listening to nothing but Christian Music. I am an Eagle Scout class of 1994. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle.

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  1. iPhone rules for my teenaged daughter http://t.co/UmNTUaeaiZ #iPhone #iPod #Rules #Family

  2. Excellent!!!! This is perfect, you put everything I would say on here. I am so glad that my kids are grown and they were growing up in this age. What a tough job for parents today. That’s why we need to have God in our lives more now than ever before.

    1. I totally agree with you, we do need God more in our lives then we ever do. We never know the hour when our Good Lord will return. If you don’t set up some rules, they will misuse and mistreat it. Sweet, glad to know it would include everything you would. I almost feel there is something I am missing. But, maybe not. (btw thanks for the RT on Twitter).

  3. RT @ChristianBlogR: iPhone rules for my teenaged daughter http://t.co/UmNTUaeaiZ #iPhone #iPod #Rules #Family

    1. Thanks for the retweet Lauren.

  4. Brian Scott says:

    I do have rules like these in place for my daughter, maybe not as extensive and detailed. I may print this out and change it up and make it fit for my daughter. I like this idea, mine lives in two separate households and its hard sticking to all rules, because over there, there are no rules. But having it written down and made into a contract might work better.
    Thanks for sharing this, and God bless you and your family.

    1. Your very welcome. Yes feel free to to use it way you seem fit. That’s what I did from one I found. God bless.

  5. Kimberly Medina says:

    This may have worked if I started it when my kids first got their electronics. It is far too late now. Son 17 and would be lost without phone, tablet, desktop, and X-box. Daughter 10 on Ipod constantly. But then again I am attatched to my laptop and/or Blackberry pretty much all day too. Times have sure changed since the day I remember getting my first computer or mobile phone, they were huge.

    1. Yes times are changing. It is hard to break away from mobility. It is becoming our norm. Computers and mobility, even gaming has changed a lot since it first came out and will only continue to change.

  6. Simon says:

    I had a look at them! Are these draft rules or have you already implemented? Are you a single parent? Three things…. 1. That’s a lot of rules! 2. From experience you must think about her feelings! She might be highly embarrassed by you posting publicly about this. Never underestimate how embarrassing dad’s can be to their children! I am thinking of experiences with my daughter now safely 35 thank God. 3.can you simplify it and say you only want her to use the phone for loving purposes and then discuss it with her. Share your good phone practices with her? Written on a train! So being brief. Blessings to you and your family

    1. We talked about them she thinks they are good and fair. I asked any she disagrees with, any I should change, etc. she was good. God bless you and yours too.

  7. Bill says:

    Documentation is always good. I have a friend who pointed out that he had bought the phone so that she could ask him for help if she ever needed it. If she wasn’t using the phone to keep him informed where she was, it wasn’t meeting his goals, so he might as well stop paying for it.

    1. Yes demonstration, setting example is best way. Yes why I had pointed it out. I paid for it. Most teens today ignore if parents call.

  8. Jasmine says:

    I actually really like these rules and I don’t think it’s too much to ask for and this is coming from a teenage girl.

    1. Thanks glad you don’t think so. I appreciate the comment.

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