TRACKING KIDS’ SCREEN TIME

 

 

Ask parents what they think one of the hardest things about parenting is in this day and age, and I’m willing to bet that one of the top answers is ‘dealing with screens.’ Yep, it’s tough. When they’re younger, it’s trying to figure how how to manage their time on screens. When they’re older, it’s trying to figure out what they’re doing with their time on screens.

Luckily, there are a handful of options available for seeing what your kids are doing online, limiting the things they shouldn’t be doing and even setting restrictions on time. Over on The Huffington Post, I covered five different options that provide an array of services and span free to paid. They are:

These services provide a range of options for kids of all ages, and provides some features for parents, if you want to scale back your screen time, too. The article discusses benefits, recommended age ranges and most importantly, the kind of access and monitoring capabilities you have with each.

 

One of my most recommended tactics for kids and screen time is always communication. It’s never too early to start educating them on responsible digital citizenship. And of course, serving as a good mobile role model at home (no phones at table, no phones while driving, whatever additional family rules you have) is one of the most important first steps in setting a solid foundation for responsible screen time usage.

 

Check out The Huffington Post for more details on the services mentioned above! 

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