Parenting in this age of smartphones, social media, and internet browsing can present unique challenges. Make sure your kids are safe by monitoring their screen use across all of their devices and limiting their screen time.
Having a child means setting certain boundaries and since screens can be very addictive, it's a good idea to limit your child's screen time. This will encourage time management and give them the opportunity to be more productive with responsibilities such as homework or chores. Apps can help you to limit screen time remotely by letting you restrict your kid's phone at certain times of the day, like turning their apps off during bedtime. You can even limit screen time on certain apps so that distracting apps like games and text messages are blocked while other apps like homework planners can still be used. Also, you should get a screen time tracker so you can see your child's daily screen time and make sure they are using their devices for a healthy amount of time every day according to their age. Teaching them self control for their own screen habits will not only help with their productivity and health, but it will be a useful skill for them for many years to come.
Furthermore, it's important that when your child is using a device, the content on their phone is age-appropriate. You can use a parental monitoring app to remotely monitor their device use and get information on all the apps they are using. You can also set up certain parental controls and block content that you don't want them to see, such as adult websites or apps that they shouldn't be using at their age. In addition, you can make sure that safe search is on for all their Google and YouTube searches. It's possible to use one app to set the same controls across all of their devices. That means phone monitoring, tablet monitoring, and laptop monitoring are all covered at once and you don't have to spend extra time setting up restrictions for each device. Keeping them away from explicit content will give you the peace of mind that they aren't exposed to anything that they shouldn't see, especially since there's a whole lot of content out there.
Lastly, even though it may seem invasive, sometimes being a great parent means you need to be aware of your kid's communications on their phone, especially if they're younger. You can use parent control apps for monitoring text messages and read all of their incoming and outgoing messages. Or for a little more privacy, you can simply be alerted to new contacts they are speaking with or if there is any concerning content being sent or received. You can also use tools to monitor social media and see what your child is doing, such as the accounts they are interacting with and following. For added security, many family apps also offer child tracking services, thus, you can always see where your child is or be alerted when they leave certain GPS boundaries that you set. Making your kids aware that you have an eye on their texts, social media use, and location will help teach your kids to be responsible with their messaging behavior and be careful who they are talking to or texting.
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