Download: Cell Phone Contracts for Young Children or Teens/Tweens With ADHD (Understood.org)
Giving your child with ADHD a cell phone can be risky. Kids with ADHD can be impulsive or distractible. They may have trouble with time management. Having a cell phone contract is a good way to manage some of the challenges these issues may create. It can also help you make sure you and your child both know your responsibilities for the phone.
What Is a Cell Phone Contract?
A cell phone contract is an agreement that outlines what you and your child will do to make sure she takes care of her cell phone and uses it responsibly. These contracts also address specific ADHD-related challenges.
For example, if your child is impulsive, the contract may limit how much she can spend on apps. If she has trouble with time management, the contract can set “phone-free” hours. If she’s easily distracted, she might agree to put her phone away during class or at mealtimes.
How Can a Cell Phone Contract Help Your Child With ADHD?
Knowing if your child is ready to have a cell phone is already tough. When your child has ADHD, there are additional things to consider. A cell phone contract can help you and your child identify how her ADHD symptoms cause issues with her phone. It can also help her develop good habits for using her cell phone.
Using the Sample Cell Phone Contracts
You can use these contracts as they are, or you might use them as a guide to create a contract that meets your child’s unique needs. It’s a good idea to regularly review the contract with your child to make sure it’s working. Also keep in mind that if your child needs to use assistive technology on her phone, the contract may have to account for that.