(Image source: Apple)


BY MIKAH SARGENT

Imagine 13-year-old Greg Hoffman’s surprise when he unwrapped a shiny new iPhone—and an 18-point contract from his mother.

“Hand the phone in to one of your parents promptly at 7:30 p.m. An 18-point contract littered with dos and donts. Don’t take a zillion pictures and videos. Greg Hoffman’s ticket to a brand new iPhone.”

The rules range from “I will always know the password” and “It does not go to school with you,” to “Keep your eyes up. See the world happening around you. Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk. Talk to a stranger. Wonder without googling.”

According to The Inquisitr, Greg’s mother hopes the contract will help him avoid becoming a quote– “iPhone Zombie.”

“The 18-point set of terms and conditions is more or less what you might expect from a mom who has agreed to give a 13-year-old boy an iPhone as a gift. Janell Hoffman, a blogger and mother of five, wanted to make sure that Greg didn’t become an iPhone zombie like so many teenagers nowadays...”

But attaching parental regulations to technology is nothing new. So why the interest? The contract gained popularity on Reddit, making it to the front page. Is this another case of helicopter parenting? A writer for The Next Web says Greg Hoffman’s mother is actually teaching him a valuable lesson.

“As an adult who survived parents who would do these things, I can also see that it taught me heaps about being responsible and staying safe.”

The New York Daily News reports 40% of teens own an iPhone, and the number is expected to rise during the holiday season.

Teenager Gets iPhone, 18-Point Contract for Christmas

by Mikah Sargent
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Jan 1, 2013

Teenager Gets iPhone, 18-Point Contract for Christmas

(Image source: Apple)


BY MIKAH SARGENT

Imagine 13-year-old Greg Hoffman’s surprise when he unwrapped a shiny new iPhone—and an 18-point contract from his mother.

“Hand the phone in to one of your parents promptly at 7:30 p.m. An 18-point contract littered with dos and donts. Don’t take a zillion pictures and videos. Greg Hoffman’s ticket to a brand new iPhone.”

The rules range from “I will always know the password” and “It does not go to school with you,” to “Keep your eyes up. See the world happening around you. Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk. Talk to a stranger. Wonder without googling.”

According to The Inquisitr, Greg’s mother hopes the contract will help him avoid becoming a quote– “iPhone Zombie.”

“The 18-point set of terms and conditions is more or less what you might expect from a mom who has agreed to give a 13-year-old boy an iPhone as a gift. Janell Hoffman, a blogger and mother of five, wanted to make sure that Greg didn’t become an iPhone zombie like so many teenagers nowadays...”

But attaching parental regulations to technology is nothing new. So why the interest? The contract gained popularity on Reddit, making it to the front page. Is this another case of helicopter parenting? A writer for The Next Web says Greg Hoffman’s mother is actually teaching him a valuable lesson.

“As an adult who survived parents who would do these things, I can also see that it taught me heaps about being responsible and staying safe.”

The New York Daily News reports 40% of teens own an iPhone, and the number is expected to rise during the holiday season.

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