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The Parent AppUnderstanding Families in the Digital Age$

Lynn Schofield Clark

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199899616

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899616.001.0001

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(p.235) Appendix C Family Digital and Mobile Media Agreement

(p.235) Appendix C Family Digital and Mobile Media Agreement

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The Parent App
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Oxford University Press

In order for this agreement to be effective, parents as well as children should be encouraged to sign it. The goal of working through this agreement is to demonstrate and practice mutual respect as well as to initiate discussions about why certain rules are considered respectful to others, both within the family and outside it.

Time Together

1. I agree to spend _____ hours per week doing activities with only my family members.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

2. I agree that when I am at the dinner table with my family (whether at home or elsewhere), I will put my phone and other devices away and I will not return to them until we have finished cleaning up after the meal.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

3. I agree that the following locations will be no-technology zones:

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

Mutual Support

4. I agree that I will tell someone in the family if I experience something online that makes me feel bad or if I find something that I feel is inappropriate.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

5. I agree that no matter what I am doing, I will answer the phone when I see that a family member has sent our unique passcode via text.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

(p.236) Respecting the Rights of Others

1. I will download or use copyrighted materials only when they are legal to download or I have sought and received permission to use them.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

2. I will not fill out surveys or questionnaires online and will not give out specific information about where I live or where I go during the day.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

3. I will give credit to others when I cite, quote, or copy their ideas or images from an online source.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

4. I won’t copy, paste, and send a message to someone else if that message was meant only for me.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

Limits

1. I agree that I will ask permission when I’d like to view what someone else has been doing online or elsewhere. I agree that I will not hide what I am doing online and on my phone from other members of my family.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

2. I agree that I will not share personal information that I wouldn’t be willing to see broadcast on our local television news.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

3. I agree to limit time on the computer to ______ hours per week.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

4. I agree to limit time on game devices to _____ hours per week.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

5. I agree that I am responsible for remembering my own password, and I will not share it with anyone beyond my family.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

6. I agree that I will practice respectful and responsible behavior, and I will not insult other people or send mean messages online, in a text, or in a comment.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

7. I agree that I will not purchase anything online or enter a credit card for any reason without asking a parent first.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________

Opportunities

1. I agree that I will ask someone else in my family to teach me how to do ____ thing(s) per week.

Signed: _____________________________________________________________