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videos, keeping in touch with friends and family, good music, professional benefits. These
conversations strengthen the relationships by
building connection, trust and understanding.
And back-to-school season or not, that’s what
we all want most of all. C
Janell Burley Hofmann (www.janellburley
hofmann.com) is a Costco member and the
author of iRules, plus a speaker and consultant
on technology, health and relationships. She puts
iRules to the test every day with her five children.
iRULES: What Every Tech-Healthy
Family Needs to Know About Selfies,
Sexting, Gaming, and Growing Up
(Rodale, 2014; not available at Costco)
was inspired by the 18-point iRules contract originally created for my 13-year-
old son when he received his first
iPhone, for Christmas. This contract contained practical and personal boundaries, such as rule 8: Do not text, email or
say anything through this device that
you would not say in person. And rule
17: Keep your eyes up. See the world
happening around you.
It dawned on me that parents,
schools and communities might benefit
from reading my contract. After sharing
online, the contract went viral and
sparked a global discussion. It became
clear to me that people wanted more.
iRules provides families with the
tools they need to find balance between
technology and human interaction
through a philosophy I call Slow Tech
Parenting. I help educate parents about
the online culture tweens and teens
enter the minute they go online, explor-friend fail, as well
as guiding parents
on how to create
their own contracts.
parents figure out
when to unplug and
how to stay in sync
with the changing
world of technology.
This knowledge encourages everyone to
value the positive aspects of technology
while teaching children respect, responsibility and how to live fully both on the
screens and away from them.
To see the original contract and read
more about Slow Tech Parenting, visit
my website at www.janellburleyhof
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