I like the contract that Jannell Burley Hoffman created for her 13-year-old son when she got him an iPhone for Christmas. However, as we talked it over in my own family, we felt that rather having me as the mom write something up, we wanted to work together on an agreement. We practice what I like to call flipped parenting. People in education will recognize that this term is familiar to the idea of the "flipped classroom" that's popular in education. The flipped classroom refers to putting student learning rather than teacher instruction front-and-center in education. And so, in the case of parenting, in order to put the learning of young people front and center, I wanted to ask kids themselves what they thought it was important for us as parents to do when it comes to technology. Kids learn more about behavior regarding technology from their parents than from anywhere else, and it can be an eye-opener to hear what they're learning from us when we talk about what behaviors they think we as parents might need to curb.
So we had some fun this evening and created the following.
The Clark family technology agreement, effective 1/13 – 1/14
Suggestions and addendums welcome.
Starred items created by J (14) and A(12).
Each person contributed to and oks this agreement.
Media & Learning:
Media & Leisure:
Thanks to Lenore Skenazy over at Free Range Parenting for encouraging me to elaborate on my previous blogs about this topic!