Cell Phone Commandments

10 Commandments for Phone Usage – Teens


  1. Thou shalt not lose track of your phone.
  2. Thou shalt not text at the dinner table (or text your mother from upstairs to bring you water!)
  3. Thou shalt not use the phone to avoid tough conversations in person…don’t break up via text…bad form!
  4. Thou shalt not ever, ever text and drive (and texting while walking is tricky too!)
  5. Thou shalt not sleep with the phone next to your head (unless you want to glow in the dark!)
  6. Thou shalt not keep the phone on at night…you need to re-charge your batteries too sans the phone going off all night!
  7. Thou shalt not ever NOT answer the phone when Mom/Dad call – we’re totally GPS’in you!
  8. Thou shalt not subject others to your “uncomfortable”, and/or inappropriate conversations…if they cannot escape – you need to leave.
  9. Thou shalt not allow your phone to “die” – keep it charged!
  10. 10.Thou shalt not text when you are angry, in the bathroom or in your birthday suit! This includes pictures of the same.  A snapshot is but a moment, but a screenshot can haunt you forever! And yes…a snapshot can become a screenshot…

Finally, words have power…especially words that are communicated without emotion as in a text.  93% of communication is non-verbal…so words can be easily misinterpreted when not presented in person.  Choose carefully what you say.  Because you cannot “untext” what you have said.


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