Pay Your Teen to Stay Off Facebook?

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Pay Your Teen to Stay Off Facebook?
Mon, 02-11-2013 - 10:44am

Does your kid spend more time interacting with her friends via social media than she does talking to her family? It might be time for a Facebook intervention -- complete with signed contracts, no less.

One Boston dad is willing to pay up if his daughter, 14, can manage to stay off the site, Mashable reports. If she makes it to April 15, she'll get $50. 'Til June 26? She'll get $150 more.

Dad Pays Teen to Stay Off of Facebook-

It sounds as if the father posted the contract on his personal blog and has been met with quite a range of comments (from disgust to kudos).  What do you think?

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Mon, 02-18-2013 - 4:00pm

I don't think it would be terrible. Teenagers are their own special breed, and I would definitely pay to keep my kid off Facebook as it can damage so much of his future plans. Of course I'd rather pay him to do something more productive, but I'll take what I can get. 

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Registered: 06-06-2001
Fri, 02-15-2013 - 6:34pm
Have you heard about schools paying students to get them to behave or stay in school? I think that's crazier than the dad paying his own daughter. ( and I guess I think it's odd that teachers are posting things to FB for their students. It creates too much gray area, I think. FB in my mind is not for responsibilities but for social interaction. I think it's odd that teachers would almost seemingly require students to be on such a website for any academic reason. I also don't think teachers should have cell phone numbers of their students.


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Thu, 02-14-2013 - 5:42pm

She's selling herself cheap.  Round these parts, a fourteen year old can make twenty-five bucks in two hours mowing lawns, or in four hours babysitting. 

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 02-13-2013 - 12:22pm

I don't use money as a reward for anything, My kids don't collect an allowance and I wouldn't wave money over them to get them to do chores or stay off fb.  I agree that the site is a  new normal nowadays, My kids get news about school, sports and weekend things there, I think the site is overused too but a parent should be in control of that not the kid. 



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Tue, 02-12-2013 - 3:45pm

I have huge issues with paying a child to influence behavior. As Arryl said, that's done by communicating with them face to face, and knowing what's going on in their lives.

Although I don't have any respect for Facebook as a company, it is a useful tool. My kids would actually miss assignments and rehearsals if they did not check their school FB groups every day, because this is where teachers post stuff, and where kids can upload their own study guides to help others. Like any tool, FB can be misused, though, so this is why it's important for parents to know what's going on.

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 2:55pm

Pay kids for chores, but only to teach them responsibility and the value of a dollar...not to behave appropriately or as their parent's wish.

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Tue, 02-12-2013 - 10:36am
I think as fortunate, or unfortunate as it is, Facebook, or any other social media site is what is happening with society in general today. It has its pros and cons. I think what parents need to do is do their best to keep an open line of communication with their kids to keep them connected and interacting with teh family and outside world. FB has grown to be not just a fad, but an actual way that kids socially communicate with each other now, and while its nice to keep them off it quite a bit, even teachers, schools and clubs have begun to use it as a medium to get things to their members/students, etc.