The payments will be staggered with the first $50 payable after 2 months and the remainder at the end of the agreed term. According to some reports, this was actually his daughter’s idea as she felt she was wasting too much time on Facebook (!!) – and she clearly has ‘stuff’ to buy, so she happily signed up to the arrangement. How many other parents would pay their teens to take a break from their digital lives?
If that is a bit extreme, then here’s an alternative method that I quite like for moderating the amount of time your teen spends online. This Post-It Note was circulating the internet last year, and is a variation of the eat-your-veges-then-you-can-have-dessert that is often wheeled out with younger kids (however loses its impact as your children get older and stop coming home for dinner at all). It is bound to motivate even the most sloth-like teenager, providing of course that you can be bothered with the hassle of thinking up and changing your WiFi password every day….
I love it when parents come up with ideas for the digital age.