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July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
May 22, 2013
I was impressed by a blog in January by Janelle Burley Hofman and the letter she wrote to her son about his responsibilities as a teenager with a new smart phone.
Given that June is Internet Safety Month, I submit the letter to you. If more parents took such a proactive role with their kids, I believe kids would have a safer online experience.
Here's the letter in its entirety. Enjoy!
Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! You are a good & responsible 13 year old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations. Please read through the following contract. I hope that you understand it is my job to raise you into a well rounded, healthy young man that can function in the world and coexist with technology, not be ruled by it. Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership.
I love you madly & look forward to sharing several million text messages with you in the days to come.
It is my hope that you can agree to these terms. Most of the lessons listed here do not just apply to the iPhone, but to life. You are growing up in a fast and ever changing world. It is exciting and enticing. Keep it simple every chance you get. Trust your powerful mind and giant heart above any machine. I love you. I hope you enjoy your awesome new iPhone. Merry Christmas!