Summer Screens: iRules Reflect, Part 3 | Janell Burley Hofmann | 2 Min Read

June 22, 2022

Now that you’ve had a few weeks to workshop your Summer iRules from Part 1 & Part 2 of this series, it’s time to bring it all together! We’ve done some conceptual exercises and some practical exercises. We’ve engaged the stakeholders (other family members, caregivers, co-parents, our children, and teens). We’ve thought about boundaries and values and what we want from our screens. We’ve created a working draft. Now we work towards action and function. Remember, in digital parenting (or any part of parenting) we are not looking for perfection. We are looking to create a solid and dynamic agreement that can be modified and changed with our family’s needs. It’s a starting place and a touchpoint for raising a tech healthy family. 

Below are a series of questions and prompts to help finalize your iRules. 

  1. How does my iRules draft realistically fit into our lives? Does it feel idealized or does it feel possible? Improve any points for function over fantasy. We want this to be doable.
  2. Who might I need to make our iRules function? Who is on my support team for this process? The more support you have, the more successful…
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Janell Burley Hofmann

Janell Burley Hofmann is an international author, speaker and consultant specializing on the topics of technology, media, health, relationships and well-being. Janell is the creator of the original iPhone contract and a thought leader in the space of digital mindfulness, digital parenting and intentional use of tech. She is the author of the book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up published by Rodale, Inc. Janell is the founder of the Slow Tech Movement and iRules Academy. Janell has worked on four continents across diverse demographics, cultures, religions, and socioeconomics. Sensitive to the needs of each community, Janell works with schools, youth, families, educators, and organizations while offering private coaching and consulting sessions. Janell’s professional expertise and personal experience as a mother of five children builds strong connections with a wide and varied population. Janell engages readers, clients and audiences in relevant and meaningful conversations igniting personal empowerment, awareness and purpose in a partnership that will positively impact all. Janell’s academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies, a Master’s Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking and she is currently working towards her licensure in mental health counseling. Her featured talks include two-time TEDx presenter, SxSW, YPO Southeast Asia Summit, Peace Corp Workshop Leader, Homecoming Day Nagoya University, Nagoya Japan, YPO Middle East Tour, Women2Women International Summit and MIT Strata Center. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, USA Today, National Public Radio, BBC News and The Associated Press.