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Teen finds Apple iPhone 5 under the tree, along with rules and conditions from his mom

0. phoneArena 31 Dec 2012, 13:07 posted on

Greg Hoffman was as excited as any 13 year old boy would be to find an Apple iPhone under the tree for Christmas, but the joy of the moment faded a bit when he discovered an 18 point set of rules and restrictions that he had to agree to before keeping the phone; the rules did not come from the carrier or from Apple, but came from Hoffman's mother...

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posted on 31 Dec 2012, 13:29 7

8. cripton805 (Posts: 1455; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I can already tell this kid isnt ready for a smart phone. Especially if his parents need to have him follow a contract.

I would have bought him an iPod Touch and a simple feature phone. Or even better yet, make him work around the house to pay his monthly bill.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 14:25

36. Baseballer (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


His parents don't trust him, that's why

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 13:38 2

10. jmoney62987 (Posts: 31; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


Wow talk about crazy parent. I understand a lot of this but 13 and 15 are dumb. Let your kid take pics of whatever as long as it isnt sexting. dumb.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 13:51 1

15. Cerberusa2a (Posts: 33; Member since: 24 May 2012)


I actually like this whole list. People need to expand their horizons and try to enjoy a little bit of everything. Radios now replay the same trash over and over again, same song different radio station. As for the pictures i think she means not to have your face in the screen the whole time. Kudos to this parent for actually being a parent and teaching the child good manners.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 13:44 1

11. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I'm taking some GREAT notes!!!!

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 13:46 3

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


And that's why I would have waited for the kid to turn 15-16 before getting a phone, anything under that age is annoying..... Also I can already see a lot of loopholes to do things I want :D

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 13:56

19. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i was 10 when i first got a cellphone. xD

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 14:11 3

27. metalpoet (unregistered)


I was 14 and it was held together with tape because my mother gave me her old cellphone and it didnt have texting on it, just phone calls. every cell phone afterwards I saved up and purchased myself starting at age 17. I never sexted, took nude pix, or cheated in class with my phone. kids these days have too much freedom.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 14:31

39. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


I remember my first phone. It could only store 10 text messages!

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 21:08

108. linneti15 (Posts: 49; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Oh well that time has passed metalpoet. What have you got now? I haven't sexted or cheated in class either and yet I have a smartphone and am a teenager?? Yea that tells you that freedom is such a bad thing...?? right?? wrong!! you sound like a nazi.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 21:13

109. linneti15 (Posts: 49; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Just saw you have a galaxy s3 "metalpoet".. the freedom in that must be killing you, just like the 70% of smartphone owners that have android phones... i really feel for their excessive amount of freedom.. (s)

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 14:44

44. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Actually I was 16 when I got mine,I'm 24 witch is quite old these days but still think 16 was a great time to get one, also got a smartphone when I turned 19 it was awesome for the time I had it

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 16:04 2

59. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


16 was the best age to give your child a cell phone because it determined whether your child was going to screw up or not by what they did with responsibility.
Now kids are considered lucky to get a smart phone at 10 or a flip phone at 13.

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 21:18

133. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I personally did not needed a phone back there, an iPod should be the nearest thing I would give to a kid, does your kid goes to so many places or stays outside the house for so long they need s phone?

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 13:51 4

14. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


I get a lot of these points, but if mobile phones were as integrated into everyday life as they are now when I was 13 and I was given a phone, my parents would have trusted me without having to make a list. My parents trusted that they'd raised me well enough that all the stuff regarding politeness had become natural behaviour to me and wouldn't need to be mentioned.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 14:27 1

37. Baseballer (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


plus 1 for that! Its basically all about trust from your parents. You hit it right on!

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 15:27

54. darkkjedii (Posts: 22058; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good point, but those r your parents. These r his, and they have the rite...don't I think?

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 13:52 4

16. tigermcm (Posts: 856; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


I don't know how long I've been saying kids need not have cell phones. If you as a parent want to get your child a phone 1. get a simple flip,feature phone. 2. if they are a teenager go to work and get your own phone point blank period.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 13:52 2

17. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Might as well not have the phone. Not even that. Give him a flip phone. He wouldnt want to use it much. He would still have his social side.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 13:56 3

18. jimjam (Posts: 295; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


So that is where all the dumb comments on here come from ... 13yr old boys.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 13:57 4

20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i think a lot of this is fair but it doesn't seem like he's going to get to use it enough to justify it. he can't even take it to school.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 14:00 2

21. jimjam (Posts: 295; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Its a gift....need to rewrite #1
I thought he was a "proud owner" Doh!

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 14:03 2

22. jimjam (Posts: 295; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


He also could probably replace the phone with the money he got selling this story!

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 14:04 1

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 22058; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Smart parenting. I wish we had gifts like this, when I was 13.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 14:09

26. brycdavis (Posts: 30; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Parent of the year! I applaud her rules and guidelines. I can't imagine what kinds of freaky stuff I would be into if I had access to the internet at a young age....It took me all night to download a good "adult" movie on the old dial up days 28.8k all the way...ha!

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 14:13 2

28. skymitch89 (Posts: 1307; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I can see where the parent is coming from with most of the rules, but the one I don't understand is having to hand the phone over at 7:30pm on school nights an 9pm on weekends and doesn't get it back until 7:30am. That means he only gets it for 12hrs, but that doesn't include having to leave it at home when he goes to school; so he technically only gets like maybe 4hrs of use out of it during the school day. I would say that it's pointless in him having an iPhone, let alone any phone, with those stipulations.

On another note, I don't see how starting your teenager off with a smartphone is very smart. In my opinion, teens should be started off with a cheap pre-paid flip phone, mostly to see how responsible they really are. Then I believe they should be "upgraded" to a pre-paid smartphone, or a smartphone through a non-contract post-paid company like Boost or Cricket.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 15:01 1

49. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


---" I don't understand is having to hand the phone over at 7:30pm on school nights an 9pm on weekends and doesn't get it back until 7:30am."---

Because at 13, kids try to text all night during school nights losing sleep or ignore chores on the weekends. So what if it is only 4 hours? If a child wants an expensive powerful toy, there needs to be compromise.

John B.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 15:03

50. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Probably a starting point. Im sure the parent would relax the time restrictions some and even let them take it to school if they demonstrated they did good with it at home. Also it does say there are special stipulations such as for days when they have half days at school or field trips.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 18:41

85. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


I agree with all this.
Don't give your kid a hell-load of stupid rules, start them out with a cheaper phone.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 14:15 1

29. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I like this. My nephews have limits as well. There isn't anything inherently wrong with a kid having a phone.

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