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Submitted by Vyralize 1138d ago | news

Mom has 13-year old son agree to 18 point iPhone contract. Over the top?

Vyralize: As the world becomes more connected, more younger children are being gifted with cellphones from their parents for various purposes. There are always ground rules, but is this contract going too far? (Culture, iPhone 5, Phones)

Speed-Racer  +   1138d ago
I wouldn't have taken the phone. The parent's goal is in the right place, but it's very limiting in some aspects. If there are so many limitations, shouldn't they just have gotten him something simpler?
Seraphim  +   1138d ago
indeed. there's much easier to teach responsibility.
crxss  +   1137d ago
this is definitely over the top. "settle" for a samsung :/
Blackdeath_663  +   1138d ago
i agree with you. it would be much easier and more satisfying to make money buy your own phone and have full rights to that phone rather than ask something from your parents and cry about it when they rightfully ask for it back. ever since i was about 14 i bought every electronic device with my own money so no one can tell me what to or not to do with it and since then i learnt i had to work for the things i want rather than ask for it. if i was the kid i would have started saving money for my own phone. the parents however have done nothing wrong
Bimkoblerutso  +   1138d ago
I understand where this parent is coming from...but I also feel like they could have spent $200 less on a bare-bones phone and many of those regulations would have enforced themselves...
ShadowKingx  +   1138d ago
Personally i see nothing with the contract here for a 13 yr old anyway. I think the rules are very well placed to teach and keep the 13 yr old safe from the negative aspects it can have. But that is just my opinion.
nukeitall  +   1138d ago
I agree, and I wish more parents was this responsible with their own children.
CyberCam  +   1138d ago
That's some serious good parenting skills at work! Too bad the majority of parents fail at this kind of AWESOME discipline!

@the posts above;
Getting something cheaper would have not gain the results this parent wanted to achieve. That child must have begged his parents a long time for the iPhone. If he had recieved anything less, he probably would not have followed the rules.
frjoethesecond  +   1138d ago
This whole no porn thing is ridiculous in this day and age. People need an outlet for sexual desire as soon as they're old enough to experience it.

This woman is clearly intelligent and wants the best for her son, but underlines it with a backward "sexual desire is wrong" sentiment.

I looked at internet porn from the age of 13 and my mother used to buy porn for me too. I'm not a rapist or particularly dysfunctional as a result. I'm normal.

Regulating porn for teens is far better than outlawing it altogether. For example buying stuff that is more erotic than pornographic. Think nude models or text based porn. Let them buy/watch the hardcore stuff when they're old enough.

Enforcing a policy of you can only view this type of porn is far more practical and healthy than simply saying no porn.

Sorry about the rant but this backwards attitude to sex annoys me.
jon1234  +   1138d ago
woah your mom is cool
Raccoon  +   1138d ago
He is right! Some idiots forget that we are HUMANS and we have natural instics...
Septic  +   1138d ago
^^ Like natural violent instincts?
Baka-akaB  +   1138d ago
Not really . It's hardly a natural instinct to go around killing your kin . That only happens out of necessity in nature and amidst a few species
KwietStorm  +   1138d ago
Normal is a subjective term.
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admiralvic  +   1138d ago
Whats the point of the phone with so many limitations. I mean in theory he would only get to use it maybe 5 hours a day and it ultimately makes the "contract" attached counter productive. Like if he can't take it to school, then he would need to return home to obtain said phone and from there he would need to remeet with friends to make practical use out of the phone...
CrescentFang  +   1138d ago
You can't program you're child, that's whet I take from most of this "contract". So what if he wants to listen to the same music as the other kids? Curious for porn? If he discusses it with his dad he might end up having the same tastes.
There was no point in giving this child such an expensive piece of technology and limiting its use. Just wasted money in buying it in the first place.
chukamachine  +   1138d ago
wtf. and isn't this wrong.

Dear Gregory

Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone.

then it goes on to say.

1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren’t I the greatest?

She has already stated it's a Christmas present and Gregory is the OWNER of the iphone.
perdie  +   1138d ago
she is a sneaky devil isn't she?
Smashbro29  +   1138d ago
A parent shows responsibility. Newsworthy in today's day.
evil_element  +   1138d ago
Sounds all above board.
gamernova  +   1138d ago
A 13 year old with an iphone!? Oh dang. He's one lucky kind. Even with the contract.
perdie  +   1138d ago
hardly, I have seen 8 year olds having a phone
gamernova  +   1138d ago
I suppose I was comparing to myself as a 13 year old.
mushroomwig  +   1138d ago
I can't wait to see the look on his face when the new iPhone is eventually released.
kingjosh1876  +   1138d ago
I would agree with the mother on many things, it could go to prevent him from being trapped in this virtual world and allow him to live the real life - although I would have just not given him a phone, or given him a bare bones one as others have said.
JustInTlME  +   1138d ago
I thought the letter was good. I think she is trying to keep her kid grounded and appreciate life... Not walk through it like a zombie with technology and miss what the world has to she you.

And to grow up and be a respectful human being... Unlike a lot of you on here who say you wanna shove the phone down her throat and rip a hole in her stomach.... Wow.... I take from her letter....don't say anything on the Internet you wouldn't say to someone in person...
Thabass  +   1138d ago
"9. Do not text, email, or say anything to someone that you would not say out loud with their parents in the room. Censor yourself."

FUCK THIS. If I was told to censor myself, I would tell my mom to go fuck off and return it.
JustInTlME  +   1138d ago
Se just means think before you speak.... Remember he's 13....
LOL_WUT  +   1138d ago
I applaud these parents for getting their son an iPhone. They truly made a good investment and not only that but for laying some ground rules very responsible.
mushroomwig  +   1138d ago
I hope you're being sarcastic with the investment comment. The phone will be lost/stolen/destroyed in a matter of months.
Sarobi  +   1138d ago
First lesson to parenting: No matter how much you try to guide your children, they will lie and deceive you.. just as you did to your own parents at one point.
bahabeast  +   1132d ago
mom keep the damn phone ill save untill i can get my own. thank you kindly.

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