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Mom’s 18-point iPhone rules for son

An Apple Inc iPhone sits on display at a store in New Delhi, India on Feb. 23.
一支蘋果iPhone 手機二月二十三日展示於印度新德里的商店裡。

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On Christmas Day, 13-year-old Gregory Hofmann got something he craved — an iPhone 5. The next day, he got the contract. Not the one that got him his phone’s data plan — mom and dad are footing that bill — but a pact that tells him how he can and cannot use the phone.

Janell Burley Hofmann honored her son’s “maturity and growth” with his first iPhone, but it came with strings attached. Eighteen strings, to be exact, in a written code of conduct.

The contract strictly lists 18 rules on how her son must properly utilize the iPhone. Also, the mother stated that she will confiscate the iPhone if he fails to comply with her rules.

Among the rules, ”Do not text, e-mail, or say anything through this device you would not say in person” and “Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads ‘Mom’ or ‘Dad.’ Not ever.”

Hofmann posted the code of conduct on her blog, and it soon went viral.

“Oh my God. My first reaction was, why? Why did she really have to do this?” Greg Hofmann told Good Morning America.

“What I wanted to do and show him was how you could be a responsible user of technology without abusing it, without becoming addicted,” Janell Hofmann said.

(Liberty Times)

耶誕節那天,十三歲的克雷葛里.霍夫曼獲得他渴望的東西:一支iPhone 5手機。次日,他拿到合約,不是讓他手機上網的資費方案合約—這部份費用由他爸媽買單,而是一份告訴他用這支手機能做什麼、不能做什麼的約定。









1. crave v.

渴望 (ke3 wang4)

例: I’m craving to buy a cup of coffee.


2. foot the bill phr.

買單 (mai3 dan1)

例: It’s on me this time. I will foot the bill.


3. with strings attached phr.有附帶條件的 (you3 fu4 dai4 tiao2 jian4 de5)

例: We’ve finally reached an agreement, but with strings attached.


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