Smartphone & Social Media Agreement: What Parents, Educators, & Students Need to Know

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Smartphone & Social Media Agreement: What Parents, Educators, & Students Need to Know

May 17, 2021

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A smartphone and social media agreement can help families create healthy internet habits and set clear boundaries anytime a new device is brought into the home.

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Help your students understand why a social media agreement is important

It is important for your students to understand why you are establishing these guidelines.

Some experts warn excessive screen time and social media use can lead to:

  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Social anxiety
  • Suicide

A smartphone and social media agreement can help families create healthy internet habits. For example, as soon as a new device is introduced into the home you can create an agreement. Additionally, the start of a new school year is a great time to introduce an agreement to the whole family on the same page. Remember to revisit and revise the agreement, as needed, throughout the year.

Keys to creating a social media agreement

Child Psychologist Dr. Adam Pettler shared that there are five keys to creating a smartphone and social media contract for your family:

  • Set family expectations for all devices
  • Create guidelines about where and when the device can be used
  • Encourage students to think before they post
  • Require permission to download new apps
  • Teach that respectful behavior earns more online privileges

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You wouldn't hand your teen the keys to your car without first teaching them to drive... right? Giving students unsupervised access to the internet, without establishing rules and setting boundaries could be just as scary as unsupervised driving. One great way to trigger discussions about internet safety is to create a smartphone and social media agreement.

What parents & educators need to know

A smartphone and social media agreement can serve as an icebreaker for parents to cover key safety issues like screen time limits, sexting, cyberbullying, and more. It gives students a glance at their own responsibilities as internet users and reminds them that using social media in a negative way comes with consequences.

Overview video for parents & educators

Keys to creating a social media agreement

Child Psychologist Dr. Adam Pettler shared that there are five keys to creating a smartphone and social media contract for your family:

  • Set family expectations for all devices
  • Create guidelines about where and when the device can be used
  • Encourage students to think before they post
  • Require permission to download new apps
  • Teach that respectful behavior earns more online privileges

Parent, educator, & student training video

What we're covering in this video:

  • What is a social media and cell phone agreement?
  • When should a family create a social media and cell phone agreement?
  • Is it too late if my student already has a smartphone or social media?
  • 5 keys to creating a smartphone and social media contract for your family
  • Step-by-step guidance for creating a social media and cell phone agreement
  • What should you do with the completed agreement?

Help your students understand why a social media agreement is important

It is important for your students to understand why you are establishing these guidelines. Some experts warn excessive screen time and social media use can lead to:

  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Social anxiety
  • Suicide

A smartphone and social media agreement can help families create healthy internet habits. For example, as soon as a new device is introduced into the home you can create an agreement. Additionally, the start of a new school year is a great time to introduce an agreement to the whole family on the same page. Remember to revisit and revise the agreement, as needed, throughout the year.

Keep the social media agreement visible at home

After your students (and parents) sign your agreement, make sure to keep it somewhere visible, like on the fridge or hanging in their bedroom. As a result, everyone in the family will be able to regularly refer back to the agreement. Then, they will remember the commitments they made and the consequences they could face.

Social Media & Cell Phone agreement downloads

Click here to download the PDF Family Social Media and Cell Phone Agreement

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Click here to access a Google Doc template of the Family Social Media and Cell Phone Agreement

More social media agreement resources

5 keys to creating a social media contract for your child

The negative effects of social media for teens

Conclusion

At Smart Social, we believe students can benefit from smartphone and social media, when they learn to use technology with a positive intention. They can have fun AND use the devices and apps responsibly. A smartphone and social media agreement can be a great learning tool for students to create good habits with technology.

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