“I’m excited to introduce you today to a wonderfully helpful app, OurPact. All opinions are my own.“
Do you currently limit screen time in your home? I most certainly do, but probably not as much as other parents because tech is such a huge part of our lives, it’s only going to be more so for our children and the fact that restrictions tend to make things more appealing to children. They want to know what the big deal it and it makes it more appealing than it already is which often causes them to sneak around. My husband and I do our best to be open with our kids and not tuck them away from things to the point they want to sneak to find out what the big deal is.
However, that does not mean it’s a free for all, and so far this method has worked well for us. I think we have good kids, they listen, work hard, and are honest. However, I refuse to see my children sit inside playing with tech when it’s nice outside; they need to be outside being kids, acting crazy, building stuff and having fun with their imagination. So I won’t hesitate to kick them outside, or if I feel they have been on the tablet too long, I’ll tell them I think it’s time to put it up and find something do something else. They tend to respond well because they know they don’t have to wait three days to get screen time.
Screen time is already appealing, why make it more appealing right? Technology is a huge part of our lives, and I feel we need to teach our children how to use it without abusing it because too much of anything is never a good thing.
Limit Kids Screen Time Without Making It More Appealing
1.) Be a role model – I think one of the worst things we can do as parents expect our children to do something we are not willing to do ourselves. If you want to talk to your kids about the time they spend online be sure to take a long look at your internet habits.
2.) Make being offline fun – Make sure your kids know they can have fun being offline too.
3.) Spend quality time with your children offline – Take the kids out and do something, leave the tech behind. Sure you might need to take your phone, but that doesn’t mean you need to check your messages all the time. Put it in your handbag and leave it there unless you need it for an emergency and enjoy the time you are spending with your children.
4.) Create limits together – Rather than setting screen time limits alone, try involving your kids and see what they think about the issue. How much time do they feel they need online?
5.) Get organized about it – Make a chart that your kids can keep track of their internet usage. Putting them in the driver’s seat will make them feel responsible and more willing to discuss the importance of unplugging.
6._)Teach your children that there are certain places and times screen time is not permitted – There should be certain times and places when children should know tech is off limits, such as the dinner table, bedtime, before homework is finished, family time, before school, during school and any other time you fee screen time shouldn’t be permitted. Make sure your kids know you are approachable about the subject – If your children ever feel like they need more screen time or they would like to switch things up they need to know you are
7.) Make sure you are approachable – If your kids ever feel like they need more screen time, or they would like to switch things up they need to know you are approachable and willing to hear them out about screen time. Knowing you’re willing to listen can help keep them from sneaking around because they won’t need to. You don’t always have to agree, but you do always need to be willing to listen to what they have to say.
8.) Take advantage of tools that can help you with screen time management – Since you are talking with your kids and allowing them to help with screen time limits be sure to enforce those limits. There is an app called OurPact that is excellent and can help you enforce those limits. I can’t speak for everyone, but myself, and I have to face it remembering everything tends to get a little tricky, and you want to be consistent. I’m extremely happy with the app, it’s by far the
At the end of the day I think screen time is about teaching my children how to be responsible online. I want them to know there are places that screen time shouldn’t be allowed and I don’t eI’m extremely happy with the app, it’s by far the best parental control app I’ve found.
OurPact parental control app is geared to help parents manage their kids screen time during the day. I like it because it helps me keep track of screen which is especially important because I allowed my kids to help with the limitations. I want them to know I take them serious and I asked them to help me because I needed their bright minds to help.
With Ourpact parents can easily enforce tech free meals, study time, bedtime and more thanks to all OurPact’s great features:
- Block Internet and apps at a touch
- Create custom schedules for any activity or time frame
- Allow website and app access, whenever you feel your child needs more time.
- Enforce bedtime, study time, family time and dinner time
- Blog all 3rd party apps – Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram, Twitter, and more.
- Schedule Internet and app use according to your child’s daily routine or parent’s restriction.
- Block children’s Internet across all devices you have synced devices.
- Block kid’s apps across all synched devices.
You can learn more about OurPact by visiting their website at OurPact.com or heading over and downloading the app in the Apple App Store here.