Bypact Revew - Create an Online Behavior Management Contract for Teens

Create a Contract to Help Your Teen Show When He's Ready for More Privileges

Teens respond well to online behavior contracts.
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Bypact is a website that allows users to create online contracts of all types, including a parent/teen behavior contract. The website has a special module that allows parents to outline their behavioral expectations.

There are many benefits to creating behavior management contracts and they can be used to address a variety of behaviors. Although most families choose to create behavior management contracts on paper, creating an online contract will likely appeal to today's tech-savvy teenagers.

Benefits of Using Bypact

  • Bypact allows parents and teens to review and sign the contract, which ensures that both parties are clear on the expectations of the contract.
  • A clear end-date is established making it clear when the contract ends. The default is set for 30 days but it can be easily changed.
  • Kids can receive email reminders along the way to remind them of their goal to help motivate them to keep up their end of the deal.
  • It’s easy and quick to set up an account and create a contract.
  • It’s a free service.
  • You can insert a picture into the contract which can be a helpful motivator for teens who are trying to earn a specific reward.
  • The contract can be shared with other caregivers, such as a teacher, grandparent, coach or other parent.

Potential Drawbacks of Using Bypact

  • For families who already depend heavily on electronics, creating an online contract may not be a good idea because it may encourage even more media use instead of face-to-face communication.

    Examples of Behavior Contracts

    Like all behavior management contracts, Bypact will only be effective if you clearly spell out the behavioral expectations and the positive consequences. Instead of saying, “Do well on your report card and you can have a later curfew,” state something specific such as, “If all of your grades are a B and above, you can have a 30 minute later curfew on non-school nights.”

    There are lots of times a behavior contract may help reduce behavior problems and increase your teen's responsibility. Here are a few more examples of behavior management contracts:

    • When you come home on time for your curfew every day for one month you can earn a 30 minute later curfew on non-school nights.
    • If you do all your chores each weeknight, you can use the car on Saturday night.
    • If all of your grades are above a C on your next report card, you can upgrade to a new cellphone.
    • If you mow the lawn every week, you can earn $20.

    Bypact Review

    Bypact states that any users must be at least 13 years of age. Users can sign in using their Facebook account or a new account can be created. It’s quick and easy to register.

    Creating a contract is fairly straight forward. A parent or the child can fill in the details about the expected behavior and whether or not a reward will be received.

    One of the main benefits of Bypact seems to be the ability to share the contract easily via email to any other caregivers. This could be a great tool for co-parenting after a divorce or it could be used to help a parent and teacher work together on solving school-related behavior problems.

    Overall, Bypact could be a great way to create a reward system for teens.

    Like all behavior management contracts, it can be a great way to teach self-discipline and clearly link extra privileges to good behavior. However, it shouldn’t be a substitute for face-to-face discussions about the rules, rewards and consequences.

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