The Griffith Family Cell Phone User Agreement

I have entrusted some of my children with cell phones. This was not without much contemplation about the dangers and excesses of cell phone use. In order to help them navigate those dangers I created the Griffith Family Cell Phone User Agreement.

If Verizon require terms of use, why shouldn’t parents? So before my kids can enjoy the convenience of a cell phone they must make the following 15 commitments. God’s word is actually very clear on the subject. Each commitment includes an authoritative statement from the book of Proverbs. I realize you may may agree or disagree. (Our terms are subject to change at anytime.)

  • I recognize that being entrusted with a cell phone is a privilege granted by my parents primarily because they want to be able to communicate with me. Since they are the ones paying for the service, I will gratefully honor the Griffith Family Cell Phone User Agreement.

Proverbs 4:1  Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. 

  • I recognize that a cell phone is a powerful tool for building relationships with others. I will use it to build healthy relationships and guard myself from being drawn into relationships that are detrimental to me spiritually and socially. I will be alert to the dangers of forming relationships that are private and/or exclusive.

Proverbs 13:20  Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. 

  • I will not allow my phone to draw my heart away from Christ or my family.

Proverbs 4:23  Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. 

  • I will use my phone in ways that are consistent with biblical, Christ-honoring behavior.

Proverbs 24:21  My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise. 

  • I will not use my phone for flirting or building unhealthy relationships especially with members of the opposite sex as defined by my parents.

Proverbs 5:3-4  For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 

  • I will not allow texting to divert my attention from other priorities (spiritual, family, academic, etc.).

Proverbs 26:6  Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

  • I will not dishonor or ignore those I am with by texting others.

Proverbs 27:10  Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away. 

  • I will limit myself to XXXX texts per month. (Our family knows the number. You pick your own.)

Proverbs 18:24  A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 25:16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.

  • I will not use my phone after 10pm.

Proverbs 27:12  The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

  • I will not keep my phone in my room overnight. I will plug it in overnight in the family room.

Proverbs 25:28  A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

  • I will not send or receive portrait pictures. (If received, I will immediately inform my parents who will delete them.)

Proverbs 6:25  Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; 

  • I will not text while driving.

Proverbs 4:25-27 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.  Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.  Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil. 

  • I will gladly give my phone to my parents upon request.

Proverbs 20:11  Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright. 

  • If I lose my phone I will be responsible for the replacement cost.

Proverbs 19:19  A man of great wrath will pay the penalty, for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again. 

  • If I violate any of these terms I will immediately and humbly confess and seek the help of my parents.

Proverbs 28:13Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.