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Cape Cod, MA - A mother gave her 13-year-old son an iPhone for Christmas under conditions that have gained national attention. According to the AP, Janell Burley Hofmann's written code of conduct went viral and the traffic crashed her website.
Hofmann's first rule of conduct clearly tells her son that the phone is hers and she is only loaning it to him, but he is responsible if it is broken.
She demands that her son shares all passwords with his parents, answers all their phone calls and surrenders the phone to them early on school nights and weekends. Her son is not allowed to write hurtful texts or use it to look at pornography.
Hofmann said that she and her husband wanted her son to have access to the new technology, but they wanted to be involved. She said that they came up with the rules as a way for them to establish boundaries in a controlled environment.