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Mom Pays Teen $1,800 To Stay Off Social Media Until His 18th Birthday

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Social media is such a major part of many peoples’ lives — it’s hard to imagine existing without it. But for parents especially, the decision to let your kids use social media can be difficult. One Minnesota high schooler’s mom had a somewhat pricy way of going about it: telling her son that if he waited until he was 18 to use social media, he could have $1,800.

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And she paid up!

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Sivert Klefsaas was 12 when his mother Lorna gave him the challenge: if he stayed off social media until he was 18, he could have a chunk of cash. So, on his 18th birthday, Sivert collected his money and signed up for Instagram.

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“He did really dig in,” Lorna said. “He was like ‘I’m not breaking this.’ I’m proud of him, because there were a few times where it was harder. I knew for sure he was going to make it.”

Lorna, who has three older children, saw how social media could negatively impact them. She said it was “kind of a depressant” and even took her daughter’s phone away. She thought that with her fourth child, she would take a different approach.

Sivert said that he “didn’t really have a great concept of money yet” when he made the agreement.

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“So, I was like oh sick, yeah, absolutely,” he said. 

Sivert said that his friends kept him up to date on trends and he was able to concentrate on school and sports: “You just hear about all the stuff that goes on and just with my friends and with school, and like, ‘Oh somebody said this about you,’ and, ‘Oh somebody did that.’ And I was really spared from all that.”

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“I wouldn’t say there was ever a time where I thought I was about to break,” he told CNN. “As it went on, it was more of a pride thing.”

Lorna says it’s the best money she’s ever spent. Sivert says it was “totally worth it.” He plans to use the money to buy something for his dorm at the University of Northwestern St. Paul, where he will be a freshman in the fall.

But as a new social media user, Sivert says he feels old: “It’s hilarious. I feel like I’m like 80. I can’t seem to figure out social media. It’s pretty embarrassing. I’ll be with my friends, and they are like, ‘What are you doing?'”

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