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Parenting Teens Contracts: Driving and Cell Phone Use

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Teen cell phone use while driving is very dangerous and needs to be treated as such by both parents and teens. A current teen driving survey by the Ad Council suggests that 82% of teens are texting while driving. This will, in time, bring up the mortality rate of teens as car accidents are already one of the leading causes of death in their age group. To protect your teen, you may want to use the parenting contract below:

Sometimes clear communication in discipline takes the written word. Below is a parenting contract for your personal use. Use the print button on this page to print it out. Please feel free to use as it is or make it your own. After everything is written out and agreed upon, parent and teen should sign the contract.

Parents and Teens Contract: Driving and Cell Phone Use

I know that having a cell phone to use is a privilege. I also know that having the use of a car is a privilege. I respect that my parents love me and want to keep me safe. My parents respect that I am becoming a young adult and want the privilege of having the use of a cell phone and the privilege of driving. With that in mind, we agree:

  1. I will turn off my phone while driving. I will not have it on for any reason while I am behind the wheel.
  2. If I have to call or text someone, I will wait until I get to my destination or pull over to a complete stop and put the car in the park position or get out of the car to do so.
  3. I will not allow a passenger to use my cell phone to text while I am driving as my phone is always off while I am behind the wheel of a car.

The consequences for not following through with these limits on my cell phone use are:

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