Using a computer, tablet, smartphone or gaming device are important aspects of reality for students today, yet knowing how to use them correctly is something that adults continue to learn. A Platform for Good and The Family Online Institute have created user friendly and concise contracts for you and your child when using technology. The expectations of the contract highlight the advantages of using the device and outline the frequent use time to encourage a healthy, positive integration of technology. Most importantly, the contract acknowledges the parent's responsibility indicating that as a parent, you will not overreact, you will learn new things along the way and be equally responsible by setting a good example. Overall, this contract connects the "digital native" to the "digital immigrant" and consequently enhances the parent child relationship.
Take a look at the examples below. If you plan to purchase a device as a gift over the holidays, include the contracts. Contracts and additional information can be downloaded from the Platform for Good website. It is a great resource promoting online safely and parental education when working with your child and technology.