01-09-2013 06:19 PM
- Santa will be bringing my 13 year old daughter a white iPhone 5. This will be her first iDevice and first real phone. She wanted an iPod. For the price of that, the phone is a better choice and it will do so much more! Looking forward to seeing her gifts Christmas Day!12-20-2012 11:25 PM
- 12-20-2012 11:31 PM
- I got my 15 year old the 4S. It's her first smartphone. She preferred it over the 5 and so did my wife. I was a little surprised by the wife's choice since she only upgraded from the 4 to the 4S, but who was I to argue? Two 4S's for $100. Can't beat that and they are both thrilled.12-21-2012 07:06 AM
- Brace yourselves...the naysayers that think children shouldn't have iPhone's are coming.
That said...GET HER A CASE! Take it from me, i watched what two teens could do to an iPod Touch (each) in a matter of a month or so.12-21-2012 07:43 AM
- 12-21-2012 08:05 AMLike 4
- Remember too that as much as we as parents all want to trust our kids to the fullest, there may be that occassional time where having the iphone tracking feature could come in handy. These phones don't have to be 100% for the kids' benefit alone12-21-2012 11:12 AM
- When I was 13 I got a Tyco racing set ! I was stoked. I'm sure the thing cost $20, but I was happier than a pig in $:@!.
Now I have an iphone 5 and it is awesome, but its not the same feeling
Last edited by jerome g; 12-22-2012 at 11:13 AM.12-21-2012 11:57 PMLike 2
Sent from my iPhone 5 using Tapatalk12-22-2012 01:28 AM
- 12-22-2012 04:29 PM
BTW, my daughter got my 11yo granddaughter an iPhone for Christmas, as well. The granddaughter is a responsible kid, she’s had a cell phone for several years to use when she travels out of state to visit her father, and has it for keeping in touch with her mom when she’s with her dad... she’s had a cellphone and iPod for years, has proven her responsibility and her mother rewarded her. Again, I don’t see an issue - it’s not my (or your) choice.01-09-2013 02:33 PM
- 01-09-2013 03:14 PM
- 01-09-2013 03:16 PM
- This is somewhat appropriate to add here... I read this over the Christmas timeframe, and it’s how one parent chose to deal with the issue of teenagers and iPhones.Imagine your delight as a teenage boy who’s just unwrapped a shiny new iPhone for Christmas. It’s probably your first smartphone — maybe even your first cellphone period — and you can’t wait to turn it on and start playing with it. But before you can do that, you must sign an 18-point contract, laid out by your mom, which details the terms and conditions of your iPhone ownership.That’s what happened to 13-year-old Gregory this Christmas. Before he claimed his new iPhone, his mother, Janell Burley Hofmann, made him agree to a number of “rules and regulations,” some of which you’ll certainly find amusing.
Here’s the contract Gregory’s mother laid out for him:Dear Gregory
Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! You are a good & responsible 13 year old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations. Please read through the following contract. I hope that you understand it is my job to raise you into a well rounded, healthy young man that can function in the world and coexist with technology, not be ruled by it. Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership.
I love you madly & look forward to sharing several million text messages with you in the days to come.
- 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.
- Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30pm every school night & every weekend night at 9:00pm. It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30am. 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.
- It does not go to school with you. Have a conversation with the people you text in person. It’s a life skill. *Half days, field trips and after school activities will require special consideration.
- If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs. Mow a lawn, babysit, stash some birthday money. It will happen, you should be prepared.
- 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 or stay the hell out of the crossfire.
- Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person.
- Do not text, email, or say anything to someone that you would not say out loud with their parents in the room. Censor yourself.
- No porn. Search the web for information you would openly share with me. If you have a question about anything, ask a person – preferably me or your father.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Download music that is new or classic or different than the millions of your peers that listen to the same exact stuff. Your generation has access to music like never before in history. Take advantage of that gift. Expand your horizons.
- Play a game with words or puzzles or brain teasers every now and then.
- Keep your eyes up. See the world happening around you. Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk. Talk to a stranger. Wonder without googling.
- 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.
It is my hope that you can agree to these terms. Most of the lessons listed here do not just apply to the iPhone, but to life. You are growing up in a fast and ever changing world. It is exciting and enticing. Keep it simple every chance you get. Trust your powerful mind and giant heart above any machine. I love you. I hope you enjoy your awesome new iPhone. Merry Christmas!
Having said that, I probably would have signed anything to have an iPhone when I was 13. Back then my phone was a Nokia 3310, and it had no Internet, no email, no camera… it didn’t even have a color screen. Its best feature was the game Space Impact. Its battery did last for several days, though.
Read more at Teenager Gets New iPhone For Christmas… Along With 18-Point Contract From Mom | Cult of Mac01-09-2013 03:30 PM
- #4 is the one that I really think is a bit over the top-if he can't have it a school and has to turn it off at 7:30 and he has any sort of after school activities or sports, he might not get home until 5:30 - 6. And then if he can't use it during family dinner, that doesn't leave much time until the 7:30 turn off time.01-09-2013 04:07 PM
- #4 is the one that I really think is a bit over the top-if he can't have it a school and has to turn it off at 7:30 and he has any sort of after school activities or sports, he might not get home until 5:30 - 6. And then if he can't use it during family dinner, that doesn't leave much time until the 7:30 turn off time.
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