13-year-old Greg Hofman just got an iPhone 5 from his mom, Janell, for Christmas. However, his new gadget came with a few limitations.

"He was basically going to have the world at his fingertips without my constant supervision, which is part of growing up," Janell was quoted as saying in an article on Fox 25. "I was totally comfortable with that but I felt like I need to get it all on paper."

Janell had then drafted an 18-point contract between her and Greg, outlining clearly when and how he can use new gadget. The first statute of the contract, which is published on The Huffington Post, reads, “It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren't I the greatest?“

This is followed by rules that advise Greg against ignoring calls, watching porn, and sending hurtful messages to his peers, among other things. The contract also tells him that he should turn in his phone to his mom at 7:30 p.m. on school nights, and that he should not forget how it feels to live without a phone.

"There's part of me that was really trying to preserve his boyhood," Janell said. "In that final rule about being, 'eyes up, wonder, stare out a window' I really mean that. I mean that without the iPhone. Just don't always be plugged in."

Some kids might view such a contract as repressive, but Greg understands why his mother came up with such a document. "It's just like her to put together all these rules, but not being like one of those strict parents," said Greg. "She's preventing me from dangers of getting myself into too much trouble that I couldn't handle."

(Photo by Esther Vargas via Flickr Creative Commons)

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