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. Cheryl B. says

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. lissa crane says

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Emily Wells says

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

  8. 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.

  9. amanda says

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

  10. 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.

  11. Wehaf says

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. allyson tice says

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

  18. emily frederick says

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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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