Cell Phone Contracts: Josh Shipp's Strength & Relationship-Based Cell Phone Contract by Bri Montoya
When we decided it was time for our son to have a cellphone, we wanted to provide the right amount of guidance and boundaries while still letting him know we trusted him. After a lot of research and talking to other parents, we decided that having a cellphone contract would be the best approach for our family.
Since we didn’t have time to create a contract ourselves, we hoped to find a pre-made one online. Unfortunately, we found many of them to be too punitive or too negative. Then, we came across an article by Josh Shipp, “Teen Cell Phone Contact – Healthy Boundaries for Teen Cell Phone Use.” Available for download at the bottom of the article was a cellphone contract.
Josh’s approach centers on empowering youth to make positive decisions and maintain healthy boundaries while using their technology. The contract was relationship and strength based and it provided a place to begin having open and honest conversations about his cellphone. As parents, we felt more confident about handing this responsibility over and our son felt like we were treating him as a young adult.