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#iPhone rules for teens

These same rules can apply to any device really!  Way to go Janell and Greg.  Love it.

Greg Hoffman is a kid who just got an iPhone from his parents. His mom, Janell Hoffman, wrote these [slightly edited] rules for its use:

1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren't I the greatest?
2. I will always know the password.
3. If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads "Mom" or "Dad". Not ever.
4. Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30pm every school night & every weekend night at 9:00pm. It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30am. If you would not make a call to someone's land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text. Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected.
5. It does not go to school with you. Have a conversation with the people you text in person. It's a life skill. 
6. If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs. 
7. Do not use this technology to lie, fool, or deceive another human being. Do not involve yourself in conversations that are hurtful to others. Be a good friend first or stay the hell out of the crossfire.
8-9. Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person.
10. No porn. 
11. Turn it off, silence it, put it away in public. Especially in a restaurant, at the movies, or while speaking with another human being. You are not a rude person; do not allow the iPhone to change that.
12. Do not send or receive pictures of your private parts or anyone else's private parts. Don't laugh. Someday you will be tempted to do this despite your high intelligence. It is risky and could ruin your teenage/college/adult life. It is always a bad idea. Cyberspace is vast and more powerful than you. And it is hard to make anything of this magnitude disappear -- including a bad reputation.
13. Don't take a zillion pictures and videos. There is no need to document everything. Live your experiences. They will be stored in your memory for eternity.
14. Leave your phone home sometimes and feel safe and secure in that decision. It is not alive or an extension of you. Learn to live without it. Be bigger and more powerful than FOMO -- fear of missing out.
15. Download music that is new or classic or different than the millions of your peers that listen to the same exact stuff. Your generation has access to music like never before in history. Take advantage of that gift. Expand your horizons.
16. Play a game with words or puzzles or brain teasers every now and then.
17. Keep your eyes up. See the world happening around you. Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk. Talk to a stranger. Wonder without googling.
18. You will mess up. I will take away your phone. We will sit down and talk about it. We will start over again. You & I, we are always learning. I am on your team. We are in this together.

Note to iPhone Users - IMPORTANT

From our Apple Trainer!

You may want to send out a note to iPhone clients. Those who are on iOS 6 may be encountering a bug with the Do Not Disturb feature as of yesterday. 

Do Not Disturb (DND) is a feature that allows users to schedule a period of time during which the phone will not receive texts, calls, or make any type of notification sound. DND is supposed to turn itself on and off automatically according to a schedule set by the user. As of 2013 a bug became apparent where DND is not turning itself off. Users should check their home screen to see if a little crescent moon appears at the top-centre. If it does, and you want to receive calls etc., go to Settings/Do Not Disturb and turn it off. Note that to change the actual schedule you will need to go to Settings/Notifications/Do Not Disturb. For more information:  http://9to5mac.com/2013/01/01/check-your-iphones-do-not-disturb-it-might-not-have-turned-off-last-night/

Thanks Andrea!

Smartphone Buying Guide for 2013 from @MakeUseOf

Top SmartPhones of 2013 from Makeuseof.com.   They do offer some great suggestions in this well thought out document.  I disagree about BlackBerry but many people listen to the media.   Their current BlackBerry devices are valid but BlackBerry10 may be a game changer. Time will tell.  It you are interested in alot of info on technology, sign up for their newsletter. 

 

Check this out and would love your thoughts about what the author says. 

Very awesome FREE music app @songza

Seriously, I just heard about this and love, love, love it!

I am not sure how it is free but man, try it out.   You pick the genre or type of mood you are in and you get a playlist.  http://songza.com/  

This is awesome!!!  Thanks Songza!

Crazy Roaming Bill?

Have you or a staff member ever come back from a business or personal trip with an enormous roaming bill?  Who really would want to pay or could afford to pay a $200,000 roaming bill?  We train smartphone users on understanding what  they are doing that ‘could’ potentially give you and them a heart attack when they view their phone bill after a trip!    Even a $500.00 overage leaves a bad taste in your mouth after a business or personal trip.  We have had too many clients come to us after the fact with enormous overages; $400, $2500 , $17,000 or more.   Each of these could have been mitigated had they understood their plans, how their smartphones work and some confusing industry terminology.   We have several online training session and one specifically on how to Avoid Roaming Costs.  Could $39.00 save you $200.000?

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