Family Technology User Agreement
This is a user agreement for [name] regarding the use of [item of technology] .
Technology is created by God. It has many good uses and is not essentially evil. However technology has been perverted and abused by sinners. Therefore we must use disciplined discernment regarding how it is used. Like a rifle or a chainsaw, technology can be very useful but it can also be dangerous and harmful if it is not used carefully.
I realize that the use of this piece of technology is a privilege, not a right. I also realize that this is a piece of family technology, not my private property. Even if I am designated the primary user of this piece of technology, I do not have complete authority over this device. I am not under the illusion that I have a right to complete and total privacy concerning how I use this device, especially concerning how I use the internet. I accept the truth that accountability and the authority of my parents is a good gift from God.
I realize that my parents have the desire that I will learn to use technology responsibly so that I will make good choices even when I am no longer under their roof. The more I show a long-term consistent track record of responsibility, the more my parents will be able to give me more trust and freedom. (Poor choices will decrease trust and freedom.) In the meantime, I realize that my parents have the responsibility to “trust but verify.” I realize that I was born with a sin nature and I live in a culture that pushes me to make sinful choices. Accountability and precautions are always a good thing.
I also realize that there may be additional rules or guidelines that my parents will give concerning the use of this technology.
I agree to this user agreement as a condition for the privilege of using this piece of family technology.
Signature: __________________________________________ Date: ________