For each type of technology, whether
it’s the iPad or phone, present guidelines
by including time limits, etiquette, and
other expectations. Formalizing your
expectations for tech use can make
tech work for your family and not be at
its mercy. Moreover, keeping the tech
communication open and regular is a
great practice to set in place for when kids
become older and begin exploring social
media or for the day when they come into
possession of their own phones.
Here is a sample tech contract I made for
my 6 and 8-year-old.
• Be open and honest. It’s not your
fault if you find things on YouTube
that’s violent, mean or scary. But if you
do, don’t hide it. Tell mommy and daddy
so they can help stop these shows from
frightening or teaching bad things to
other children. By not keeping secrets,
you can be part of the solution.
• Tuesdays are tech-free days. There
is no watching on Tuesdays. Do not
complain about being bored. Find
something else to do.