If your child has an iPhone, and you have never engaged in battle over said phone, I would declare you the minority. I have seen firsthand how parents and children fight over the child’s usage of his/her iPhone. And for some, it may seem like a losing battle. But, it doesn’t have to be. You are the parent; your child is…the child. You get to make the rules (besides, didn’t you dream of making up the rules when you were the kid?).
Here is one mom’s “contract” to her 13 year old son regarding his new iPhone for Christmas. I think having some kind of written rules (and signatures!) is a fantastic idea. It is not a teenage “right” to own an iPhone, it is a privilege. With privilege comes great responsibility.
Read about Gregory’s iPhone Contract here.