Family Online and Mobile Device Agreement

As a family, we make the following promises about our time spent on the Internet:

Teen:

___ I will not give out any personal information, like my age, last name, address, or phone number.

___ I will not meet someone online without my parent’s permission.

___ I will block creepy messages from people I don’t know.

___ I will tell my parents or a trusted adult if anything happens online that makes me uncomfortable.

___I will only share my passwords with my parents.

___I will use privacy controls and discuss with my parents when I want to create a social networking profile.

___I will not put anything on my profile that I wouldn’t want my parents, teachers, college admissions officers, or future bosses to see.

___I agree not to bully anyone online or on my mobile phone by sending pictures, spreading gossip, setting up fake profiles, or saying cruel things about people.

___I understand that once something is online, it’s impossible to take it back, so I will think before I post.

___ I know that not everything I read or see is true, and I will think about whether a source is credible.

___I agree not to use technology to cheat in games or on schoolwork.

___I recognize that to my parents, my safety is more important than anything else.

Parents:

___ I recognize that technology is a big part of my child’s life, even if I don’t always understand why.

___ I will try to embrace technology and will invest the time in an effort to understand social networking, IM, online gaming, and sites that my child likes.

___ I will learn about how I am creating my own digital reputation, and if my child uses social networking sites, I will “friend” my child.

___I will learn about privacy controls and how to use them.

___I will know my child’s online identifiers.

___I will monitor my child’s mobile phone use on a regular basis.

___I will set media limits for my child based on behavior, with consequences for violations to the media limits.

___ I will initiate regular conversations with my child about his or her online behavior and will remain open to and interested in my child’s online experience so we can continue to learn together.

Child: ____________________________________________ Date: _________

Parent: ___________________________________________ Date: _________

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