Making a contract for your cell phone usage


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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