Making a contract for your cell phone usage

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This Teenage Cell Phone Contract has several points that are just as applicable to independent adults as they are to teens getting their first mobile phone:

  • During family meals, my cell phone will be turned off or silenced and in my pocket or placed away from the table. I will not check texts or take calls during meal time. 
  • I will practice proper etiquette when using my cell phone in public places, and be conscious of how my usage affects those around me. I will make sure my phone is turned off or silenced when I am in church, restaurants, or other quiet settings, and I will not place or take texts or calls during those times. 
  • I understand that having a cell phone is a means of communication, and is not a replacement for actual face to face interaction with my friends and family members. Therefore, when I am with others, I will make the people I am with my priority.
The last point is by far the most important, as checking your phone while spending time with the people you care about is a sign to them that they are far less valuable than a social media stream, email, or text message.

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