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Technology Contract for Kids Sample

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Helping students use technology safely and sensibly is a big part of the job of today's teacher. This lesson offers a sample contract you can use for working on technology use with your students.

The Purpose of the Technology Contract

As a teacher in today's world, one of your biggest jobs is helping students learn to navigate technology safely and wisely. Since this is new territory for many teachers, it can require careful thought. After all, even young children are sometimes so fast to pick up on ways of using technology that they may be ahead of us, and it is important to establish careful guidelines that remain consistent regardless of the particular kinds of technology they are used in reference to.

One way to handle technology use in childhood is to provide students with a technology contract. As with any other contract, a technology contract requires students to agree to certain parameters when they are using technology. Teachers and other school adults might also agree to particular parameters.

There are many different ways to create a technology contract for kids, but the sample in this lesson covers many of the major bases that are important to think about when establishing such contracts. You can modify this sample to meet the specific needs and demands of your students.

Technology Contract for Kids

I, Marybeth Allen, agree to the terms of the following technology contract.

Screen Time

I promise that I will spend no more than one hour each day on screen. This includes the time I spend looking at a television, working at a computer, using someone else's phone, or using an iPad or tablet. I will keep track of my screen time and report it reliably. With my parents' permission, there will be exceptions for movies that last longer than one hour.

Acceptable Use

I will not use any technology to lie, cheat, manipulate, or mistreat another person. I will put my priorities and values as a good friend and an honest person first at all times. When I am using technology to communicate with others, I will stay mindful of their needs and respectful of their privacy. If I have any questions about whether how I am using technology is okay, I will ask an adult before proceeding.

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