This father blogged recently about how he is paying his 14 year old daughter USD $200 to give up Facebook for 5 months. They have an agreement and everything!

facebook agreement

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 hisย daughter’sย 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 likeย 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.


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  1. The wifi password is a great idea! One of the big punishments in our house has become behave or we’ll delete things from ‘sims, Dragonvale etc.’ The fear that the threat of ‘I’ll delete your pool from sims’ brought made chores happen a lot faster.

  2. Paying teens to stay offline is probably a bit extreme – I think it’s far better to reward rather than bribe them to change behaviour. Rewarding them with the wifi password is a great idea. You don’t have to change it each day – just type it in on their device yourself each time once you get home and have checked that they’ve done their chores and homework, of course

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