Sample Family Policy for Digital Devices 1) I will talk with my parents about establishing the following rules for going online or using a mobile device: a. I am allowed ________ hours/minutes of screen time during the week and ________hours/minutes on the weekend. I am allowed _______ hours/minutes of screen time/day. b. I am allowed to use the internet, phones, and other devices for: games, social media, TV shows, music, movies, homework (circle all that apply) c. I am allowed to use these social media sites: ____________________________________________________________________ d. The phone can be used for ____________________________ (Emergencies only? Deﬁne emergencies) To talk to friends? ______________________________________________________________________________________________ e. I am allowed to send up to ___________ texts per day. Is there a restriction on who I may text? _________________________ f. Apps on smartphones may only be downloaded or approved by my parents. They will be paid for by ____________ g. Taking photos and exchanging photos will only be allowed under these conditions: ___________________________________ h. I am only allowed to use these devices at friends’ houses: _________________________________________________________ 2) I agree that my parents can check my text messages and online search history. My parents can review existing and new screen names, email addresses, user logins and all passwords. I will not give my password to anyone else but my parents. 3) I will not upload or download photos, games, music or videos or sign up for anything on the Internet, even if it's free, without my parents' consent. 4) I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents' work address/telephone number, the name or location of my school, where I play sports or the names of my family members without parental consent. I will not post this informa- tion to my proﬁles even if I think only my friends will see it. 5) I know that nothing on the Internet is private, and that people online are not always who they say they are. If someone asks to meet me in person, I will immediately get my parents or an adult whom I trust. 6) If I break or lose my phone, the consequences are: __________________________________________________________________ 7) If I break the terms of this contract, the consequences are: __________________________________________________________ I agree to abide by this contract: I will help my child follow this agreement and will allow reasonable use of the Internet as long as these rules and other family rules are followed: _________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ Child's signature and date Parent's signature and date (This agreement is a ﬂuid document, to be discussed between parents and children and altered as technology advances and as children mature, allowing for increased privileges.) Sources: Based on information from The Family Online Safety Institute, “Raising Digital Families for Dummies” by Amy Lupold Bair, SafeKids.org, TheParentsEdge.com.
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