Pantech Vybe and Printable Tween Cell Phone Contract

This post is sponsored by Pantech. As always, all opinions and ideas are my own! 

Michael received his first cell phone when he was 10 years old.

It wasn’t a necessity, like it is for most kids that age. He wasn’t walking home or staying by himself at home after school. He wanted one more than we had ever seen him want something, and we decided that it was good for our family for different reasons: he could text and message with family across the country, we could start teaching him early how to be digitally responsible, and we could connect with him on a different level. Little did I know that giving him a cell phone would be such a good decision for our family. He did connect with family members, he is learning (slowly) how to be digitally responsible, and it’s fun to text with him while he’s riding the bus or at lunch during school.

Jack will be 10 years old in a few days, and while Michael was mature enough to own a cell phone at 10, Jack isn’t quite there yet. We allowed him to install iMessage on his iPad and he sent 40 or so messages to Michael and several other family members within 30 minutes.

Printable Tween Cell Phone Contract

We have, however, started talking about what kind of phone we would get for Jack when the time comes. Michael’s first phone was the Pantech Jest. We loved the simplicity of it, and that it was easy to navigate. Easy for Michael, but more importantly, easy for me. I want to be able to check his phone every night without becoming frustrated.

When Pantech reached out and told me about a new phone they have, the Pantech Vybe, I jumped at the chance to tell you about it. The Pantech Vybe is a durable and easy to use phone for kids, and I highly recommend it as your tween’s first phone.

Pantech Vybe Cell Phone

Purchasing your tween’s first phone is a big deal. You want something that can withstand their backpack and a few accidental drops. Something they can easily use, because what good is a phone that they can’t call or text on? And as I mentioned before, you’ll want something that you can easily navigate. A frustrated parent won’t check a cell phone if it’s too difficult.

Enter the Pantech Vybe.

It’s affordable and easy to use. It’s made to take a few drops and a live in a messy backpack. Sold exclusively at AT&T, you can add it to your monthly rate plan without breaking the bank.

 

Some features on the new Vybe?

  • Slide-out keyboard
  • Large touchscreen display
  • Quick camera button on the side of the phone

The coolest feature of the new Pantech Vybe? In my opinion, it’s the Dual User Mode, which allows parents to easily access the features/areas they look at most. You can switch back and forth from full mode to easy mode so if your child wants to customize their screen, they can do so.

Pantech Vybe

When it’s time for your tween to get a cell phone, it’s important to give them your expectations. We did this by using a parent/child contract. I have one especially for my teen with a smartphone, and I recently made another one for tweens–perfect for those with new phones. You can download the tween cell phone contract here. Here’s what the contract looks like, but don’t print directly from here. In order for it to be formatted correctly, download the tween cell phone contract here.

Tween Cell Phone Contract

Tween Cell Phone Contract

 

If all of these rules aren’t applicable to your tween, that’s ok–pull the ideas that you like and make up some for your home!

Pantech Vybe Giveaway

Pantech has generously given me a Pantech Vybe to give to one of you! To enter:

Mandatory: Leave me a comment on this post saying what rule would be a non-negotiable in your cell phone contract with your child.

Optional: For an additional entry, “like” My Crazy Good Life on Facebook, then leave me a comment telling me that you did (or already do!)

Optional: For an additional entry, “like” Pantech on Facebook, then leave me a comment telling me that you did (or already do!)

Optional: Follow me on Pinterest for the latest information about tweens & technology, parenting tweens and teens, and more! Leave me a comment telling me that you did.

Note: You’ll need to leave a separate comment for each entry. The program I use to choose a winner counts comments, so make sure each entry of yours is a separate comment!

This giveaway ends August 14th at midnight. I’ll contact a winner on August 15th. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Pantech, who is sending a Vybe phone to one giveaway winner.

Comments

  1. 1
    Bryan Logan says:

    I’d probably add something to the effect that no apps can be installed (or uninstalled) without permission. You don’t want them to install something ( http://mycrazygoodlife.com/dangerous-apps-for-tweens-and-teens/ ) and if you install monitoring software, you don’t want it removed.

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    Cheryl B. says:

    I would have a rule of no web surfing…just not comfortable with a tween on the internet.

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    Cheryl B. says:

    Following Pentech on Facebook.

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    Cheryl B. says:

    Following you on twitter as @arress83

  5. 5

    I just love that contract! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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    Kathlyne says:

    No cell phones at the dinner table is non-negotiable. It irks me when anyone pulls out their cell phone at the table.

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    Karen DeGraaf says:

    #6 no bullying

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    Karen DeGraaf says:

    liked pantech on facebook, karen degraaf

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    Karen DeGraaf says:

    kjkj845 user name on pinterest,

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    Brandy Williams says:

    I would have to say #6 because bullying is way to common nowadays.

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    Brandy Williams says:

    Liked on fb.. Brandy Marie

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    Brandy Williams says:

    Following on pinterest.. Kiahnbentsmom

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    Jeanne B.T. says:

    I would add 2 rules – 1. Usage time limit daily and 2. will not use phone at meal time or family time.

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    Jeanne B.T. says:

    Liked on facebook @Jeanne Bates Tennant

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    Jeanne B.T. says:

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    Jeanne B.T. says:

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    Colleen Boudreau says:

    Definitely rule #6.

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    Colleen Boudreau says:

    I “like” My Crazy Good Life on Facebook (Colleen Boudreau)

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    Colleen Boudreau says:

    I “like” Pantech on Facebook (Colleen Boudreau)

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    Colleen Boudreau says:

    I follow you on Pinterest (Pinterest.com/collifornia)

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    lissa crane says:

    My non-negotiable rule would be no texting and driving! For that matter the phone should be turned off while driving!

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    lissa crane says:

    New like on Facebook!

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    lissa crane says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

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    lissa crane says:

    I “liked” Pantech on Facebook!

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    laura casino says:

    I would not allow my child to text or talk on the phone while driving at all….that is a non-negotiable.

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    Dorrie Turner says:

    I think all of those rules are great especially the ones about taking pictures of others only if they give you persmission and not to text anything you wouldn’t want your family to see.

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    Emily Wells says:

    Non-negotiable rule would be NO buying games/coins/etc. for in-app purchases for games!

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    Emily Wells says:

    I like you on facebook as Emily Wells.

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    Emily Wells says:

    I like Pantech on facebook as Emily Wells.

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    Emily Wells says:

    I follow you on Pinterest as ewells1014.

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    Dorrie Turner says:

    I like My Crazy Good Life on Facebook.

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    Dorrie Turner says:

    I like Pantech on Facebook.

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    Dorrie Turner says:

    I follow My Crazy Good Life on Pinterest. (mnd2012)

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    Austin Baroudi says:

    No texting and driving!!!

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    Austin Baroudi says:

    Liked My Crazy Good Life on Facebook as Austin Baroudi.

  36. 36
    Austin Baroudi says:

    Liked Pantech on Facebook as Austin Baroudi.

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    Austin Baroudi says:

    Following you on Pinterest as Austin Baroudi.

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    wen budro says:

    All of them are solidly good rules. I think that I emphasize #2….not to talk to or text anyone that they don’t know. Safety is of the utmost importance.

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    wen budro says:

    I am following on pinterest as wlburro

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    amanda says:

    My rule would be no PewDiPie – he makes youtube videos with an extra helping of shouting and cursing :)

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    amanda says:

    I follow pantech on Facebook as Amanda Smith

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    amanda says:

    I follow the blog on Facebook- Amanda Smith

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    Rissaj says:

    I would limit useage

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    Holly S. says:

    Mine would be Don’t text anything you don’t want your parents to see. I just got into that mess with my son. While he didn’t do it, his friend didn’t know we were monitoring his texts. He does now.

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    Holly S. says:

    I already like you on Facebook as Holly Storm-Burge.

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    Holly S. says:

    I already follow you on Pinterest. Thanks!

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    Lillian says:

    The phone stays in their backpack at school.

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    sonia garcia says:

    #4 got have it charged

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    sonia garcia says:

    liked pantech on fb as sonia garcia

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    Mami2jcn says:

    No downloading apps without my permission.

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    Mami2jcn says:

    I follow you on pinterest.

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    Wehaf says:

    The rule on sending or receiving anything sexual (texts for photos) would be 100% non-negotiable.

  53. 53

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    Nicole Millheim says:

    No texting during school

  55. 55
    e michelle says:

    that i have unlimited access to his phone whenever i wish!

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    Kristenkj says:

    I would not allow them to respond to calls or texts from people that do not know. That and no inappropriate texts/pictures, etc. I have access to everything. I couldn’t really give up any of those rules!!!

    Great giveaway!

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    Veronica V says:

    No texting or talking on the phone while driving.

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    Veronica V says:

    I like on Facebook. veronica valdez

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    Veronica V says:

    I follow on pinterest. Pinterest.com/vvsweeps

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    nickie says:

    2 and 6

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    nickie says:

    Pintrest Follower

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    David says:

    I like the rules about texting, but I would even go far enough to disallow texting altogether. It seems like whenever you hear about trouble with teens and cell phones on the news(bullying, sexting, etc), it always involves texting.

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    David says:

    I like you on facebook as David Lintz

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    David says:

    I like Pantech on facebook as David Lintz

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    David says:

    I follow you on pinterest as 1froglegs

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    Kathy Hanley says:

    #6 No bullying or being mean!

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    Kathy Hanley says:

    I like Pantech on Facebook.

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    Kathy Hanley says:

    I follow you on Pinterest as njsunbunny1

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    heather says:

    No texting while driving.

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    Miz Vickik says:

    I would have access to all texts any time I want!

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    Holli G. says:

    Non negotiable would be no buying apps without permission.

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    tina reynolds says:

    I would not negotiate when it comes to not having at the dinner table

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    tina reynolds says:

    I follow you on pinterest

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    tina reynolds says:

    I like them on facebook (mrstinareynolds)

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    Jill Myrick says:

    Rule #15 would be totally non-negotiable And rule #6 would also be non-negotiable.
    I would not want my child to take a a picture of themselves or others nude or in their underwear or to use the phone in a bullying way. Either of these rules being broken would result in my child’s phone being taken away permanently.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Jill Myrick says:

    I am a fan via Facebook as Jill Myrick.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Jill Myrick says:

    I am a fan of Pantech via Facebook as Jill Myrick.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Jill Myrick says:

    I follow via Pinterest as Jill Myrick.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Amber says:

    Like Pantech on FB
    Marie Shaff

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    Erica B. says:

    Only talk to family/friends.

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    Missy Marie says:

    6, 13 and 15 are biggies. Thank you for the chance to win.

  83. 83
    Missy Marie says:

    Already liked you on fb via Missy Marie

  84. 84
    Missy Marie says:

    Like Pantech on fb via Missy Marie

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    Missy Marie says:

    follow My Crazy Good Life on Pintrest via Missy Schutz

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    jennifer says:

    using manners is my favorite, we are pretty strict with manners at my house… and everything else seems to fall in line after that!

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    Kelley Roach says:

    No cell phones at the dinner table is non-negotiabl

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    Bridget =) says:

    I would say, I get to see the phone at anytime I ask, at any moment.

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    amy williams says:

    I would have a rule of I would have the pass word to everything and no apps that I dont know about

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    Amy Lee says:

    No cell phones at night or at the dinner table.

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    amy williams says:

    I like Pantech Mobile on facebook

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    amy williams says:

    I already like your page on facebook as amy williams

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    amy williams says:

    I follow you on pintrest http://www.pinterest.com/aaltw515/

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    allyson tice says:

    My rule would be ALWAYS TEXT THINGS THAT YOU WOULD’NT BE ASHAMED TO SHOW GRANDMA!

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    allyson tice says:

    I like you on facebook! Allyson tice is my FB name!

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    allyson tice says:

    I follow on Pinterest. http://www.pinterest.com/sunflowerally22/

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    emily frederick says:

    Not adding numbers would be important to me. I would want to know everyone my kid is calling.

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    Mary H. says:

    My rule would be that I monitor/supervise my child’s phone and the applications. My child would have the phone with that understanding. Supervision is important.

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    Mary H. says:

    I follow Pantech Mobile on Facebook.

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    Amanda F says:

    Rules 2, 6, and 9.

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    Amanda F says:

    I like Pantech Mobile already

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    Rebecca says:

    I would not allow web surfing because I am not comfortable with what’s out there.

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    Mrs B says:

    I like the one about not texting anything I wouldn’t want my family to see. Oh heck, they are all good rules to follow. Thanks!

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    Mrs B says:

    I like Pantech on Facebook!

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    Becky VanGinkel says:

    A lot of these rules would be non negotiable but the #1 rule that i would not budge on would be: Do not answer calls or messages from someone you do not know!!

    We have an 11 year old son who has been bugging us for a cell phone.. now that he is in baseball, band, visiting friends, and constantly on the go, we have been considering it for safetys sake. Thank you so much for the awesome opportunity!

    babydjs_mom@yahoo.com

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    Becky VanGinkel says:

    I now Like Pantech on FB as Becky VanGinkel :)

    babydjs_mom@yahoo.com

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    Becky VanGinkel says:

    I already follow you on Pinterest!!

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    babydjs_mom@yahoo.com

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    CHRISTINA DUTRA says:

    #1 rule is to never text/call strangers.

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    CHRISTINA DUTRA says:

    I liked Pantech on FB! christina dutra

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    CHRISTINA DUTRA says:

    I follow you on pinterest: cdutra

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    CHRISTINA DUTRA says:

    I liked you on fb: christina dutra

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    Claire says:

    #1 rule is to never text/call strangers.

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    Ellie W says:

    No downloading games without approval. Too many violent games these days.

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    Ellie W says:

    I “like” Pantech on Facebook @Ellie W

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    Ellie W says:

    I follow you on Pinterest: mammjamm18

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    liz l says:

    No internet access

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    Fiona N says:

    My rules are simple: no messages and internet when studying and eating!

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    Fiona N says:

    I liked Pantech on facebook as name: fiona nuyen

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    Fiona N says:

    I followed You on Pinterest as name: fiona nuyen
    Thank You for the great giveaway

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    Gina H. says:

    No internet access.

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    Gina H. says:

    “like” Pantech on Facebook.

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    Gina H. says:

    Follow you on Pinterest.

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    Vicki Howes says:

    #6 is one of my musts! no mean, no bullying

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    Vicki Howes says:

    I like you on FB

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    Vicki Howes says:

    I like Pantech on FB

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    Vicki Howes says:

    I’m following you on PInterest (323myrtle)

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    My rule would be they can’t use it while driving or in class

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i like you on facebook as amanda sakovitz

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i like pantech on facebook as amanda sakovitz

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    following you on pinterest as mandy375

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    Diana Hatch says:

    No internet access

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    Allie says:

    My rule would be no phone at table or after bedtime

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    kathy dalton says:

    My rule would be never answer a call ot
    r text if they are not aproved by me

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    kathy dalton says:

    i “like” My Crazy Good Life on Facebook as kathy cavanagh dalton

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    kathy dalton says:

    i “like” Pantech on Facebook, as kathy cavanagh dalton

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    sadie says:

    One rule that I would enforce is no phone after bedtime…it belongs to me until morning.

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    sadie says:

    following on pinterest as Sadie Sadie

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    lindsay hess says:

    I would not delete text messages or phone calls ever!! Thats a Must!!!

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    susan smoaks says:

    the rule that is non negotiable for us is that the phone can’t be used to send pictures that are inappropriate or texts.

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    Caitlin McClure says:

    Answer when we call, or you’ll lose it, definitely!

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    steven weber says:

    rule: no buying anything in the app store!!

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    steven weber says:

    I follow on PINTEREST

    groogruxking40

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    Jocelyn says:

    No web surfing!!

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    Mariah Beasley says:

    No phone at the dinner table.

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    Melanie Comello says:

    My number 1 non-debatable rule would be that i have full access to the cellphone. I.E. i know the password to unlock it, and number 2 rule would be that there are only contacts on there that i can verify. I.E. i can call the number and make sure these belong to school aged friends.

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    Kathleen Richardson says:

    my non-negotiable rule would definitely be to answer the phone when Mom or Dad call or lost the phone privilege for 24 hours.

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    Rule #2 do not talk to people you don’t know is non-negotiable

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    I “like” My Crazy Good Life on Facebook as Thomas Murphy

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    I “like” Pantech on Facebook as Thomas Murphy

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    I follow you on pinterest as rounder9834

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    Tiffany Losey says:

    no internet surfing!

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    Tiffany Losey says:

    I liked pantech on facebook

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    dawn reid says:

    No cell phones at the dinner table is non-negotiable