Maybe the typical conversation when adults gives a smartphone to their children: Here is your smartphone but remember, when I call, you answer. When I text you, you response.
What if before giving them the smartphone, we talk about what they can do with it:
- This is a very powerful tool.
- This device is 10 times more powerful than 5 years ago desktop!
- You can find an answer to any question you may have.
- This is a huge library of information.
- You can create, learn a lot of stuff.
- But, it can be a “weapon”!
- There is a lot of bad things: information/scammers/bad people on the internet. So be careful and always check and trust your gut feeling (red flags!).
- Use your best judgement and don’t fall for what sounds really good, really fun, really easy.
- Make sure that what you do, write, post, comment, like is appropriate and that you wouldn’t be embarrass if I read it.
- Always be positive no matter what.
- When we call you, only answer if it is a good time. Do not, stop a conversation with your friends to answer. Do not answer or look at your phone while you are driving. Find a safe place, then call. We don’t expect you to answer the phone when we call. But, we expect that you will call us back when you are safe or it is appropriate and within a reasonable time.
- When we text you, same rules as when we call. We don’t expect you response immediately. Also, do not look at your phone when you are having a conversation with your friends or in a learning environment.
- With power comes responsibility and we strongly believe that you are responsible enough to make the right decisions. Enjoy!
Would this change anything? Would they start to use it “appropriatly”?