Have Your Kids Sign An Internet Contract

Have Your Kids Sign an Internet Contract

Letting your kids be on the internet can be scary. You can keep an eye on what they're up to and there are ways to help keep them relatively safe online. However, you might also want to take a page from schools that provide internet access and have kids sign an appropriate-use contract too.

Signing a contract with your kids provides a few benefits. First, it spells out exactly how you expect them to behave because it forces you to explain your position clearly. Second, the act of signing a contract helps drive home the point. And finally, if they do break your rules, there's no argument involved. You can point to the item on the contract that they broke and issue the appropriate punishment (which should also be spelled out in the contract).

Obviously, what you allow and don't allow is entirely up to you as the parent and you might want to give some thought to what's appropriate based on your kids' ages. Maybe they're allowed their own private computer, maybe not. Maybe you give them privacy (at least until they give you reason not to) or maybe not. That's your call.

The folks at The Modern Parent put together this sample contract, which you could just print and use. But we encourage you do to a little research and customise it to your needs. We'd also encouraging spelling out the punishment a little more clearly, though banning them from using the technology they misused seems pretty appropriate and will certainly drive the message home.

Have Your Kids Sign an Internet Contract

An Internet Contract for families: teaching our kids to play safe [The Modern Parent]


Comments

    Interesting idea, but you forgot about 90% or so of the internet (and I aint talking about popups)

      True - That's why our kids use the computer in the living room - public facing. With all the comments that are written in other articles saying "The parents should take some responsibility" it's nice to see a practical suggestion for us to do just that !

    What about a clause stating that, "I will not travel to websites with the intent of finding weird material, 4chan for an example"

      yeah, either weird or inappropriate or (insert relevant adjective here)

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