Tween and Teenagers
Father Pays Teen $200 to Quit Facebook for Five Months
Imagine a world where you teen doesn’t spend every waking minute on Facebook. One dad made this dream a reality…by paying his daughter $200 to stay off the site for 5 months.
Rachel Baier, a high school freshman in Massachusetts, went to her dad with a proposal: no Facebook for the rest of the school year in exchange for some cold hard cash.
"She approached me. She has been frustrated she hasn't been able to find a babysitting job and she has been looking for ways to get cash," Baier explained. "So she asked, 'If I didn't use Facebook for so long would you pay me?'"
So her father Paul Baier drew up a five-month, Facebook-free contract worth $200. Baier wrote about the agreement and posted a photo of it on his blog, Practical Sustainability.
The official-looking contract states his daughter must surrender access of her account to her dad, who "will have access to my Facebook to change the password and to deactivate the account. This will prevent me from re-activating the account in the future."
My daughter is only 4-years-old, but I am already fearing her teenage years because of all the social media horror stories I hear every single day. So I can understand why he agreed to the arrangement. But on the other hand, I’d like to think that I could keep things in check simply by staying on top of her about the number of hours she spend on it and who she is in contact with.
What do you think about the contract?