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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Paid to quit Facebook to focus on school

A 14-year-old girl who loved the fast-paced up-to-the-minute social media world has decided to step back and focus on school, and her father has helped with a contract that promises some cash if she is successful, the reports.

The Massachusetts teenager signed the Facebook Deactivation Contract that promises her $50 in April and another $150 in June if she stays off the popular social media site, which her father said has dominated her life for two years.

Rachel Baier's father, Scott, a Harvard business school graduate, posted about the deal in his blog, Practical Sustainability, saying the idea was her daughter's and he is proud of her. She wanted to focus upon school and knew that social media interaction with her many friends took too much time, and she gave her password information to him so he could ensure she was off the site.

What do you think of the idea? Is this something you would try in your family? Would it work if it was imposed on a child or does the child need to be the one who wants to do so?



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