Cell phone usage is a privilege and a responsibility. Like any tool, a cell phone can be used to honor God and help people, or it can be misused to hurt people. These guidelines can make your mobile device a positive, helpful addition to our lives.

1. Cell Phone Safety and Security
  • Never give your phone number to people you do not know. 
  • Never publish your phone number on an internet page (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
  • Reply to text messages only from people you know.
  • Do not text or talk on your phone while driving.
  •  Do not allow others to take your phone out of your sight. 
  • Parents will always know the password.
  • Always answer calls or texts from parents. If you are unable to talk, send a text message as soon as possible.
  • Let your parents know about any unwanted or suspicious calls. You have permission to block unwanted callers (except your parents).
  • On school nights, the phone should be turned off by 9:30 PM and before going to bed on weekends and in the summer. This time may be adjusted as parents determine.
  • If you witness a crime or an accident with injuries, call 911. Call one of your parents immediately after calling 911.
  • If you are involved in a traffic accident, help with injuries as much as you can and then take pictures of all vehicles involved, including license plates.

2. Cell Phone Etiquette

  • Give priority to people you are with (in person) rather than someone on the phone. Consider how other people feel when you take or make a call.
  • Phone should be silenced or turned off in places where it will disturb people, especially church, movie theaters, restaurants, school programs, etc. 
  • No texting during worship.
  • Use of the phone at school should always respect school policy.
  • Avoid prolonged or private conversations where people can eavesdrop or are forced to listen (i.e. waiting rooms, check-out lines, public restrooms, etc.).
3. Use of Internet and Camera Features on the Phone
  • Do not take pictures of people without their knowledge and permission. 
  • Never take a picture of anyone who is undressed or partially dressed. If somebody sends you an    inappropriate photo, notify one of your parents or a trusted adult.
  • Never visit inappropriate web sites. These would include sites with pornography, foul language, course humor, etc.  Be pure.  Be holy.   If inappropriate images become loaded onto your phone, notify a parent as soon as possible.

4. Cost

  • Cell phone service for the first year is a birthday gift from the parents.
  • Our plan includes unlimited texting.
  • Our plan includes a limited number of talking minutes. If one person's excessive usage results in charges, he/she is expected to bear the extra cost.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in temporary or permanent loss of phone privileges.


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