When it comes to my children and their access to technology, I have three confessions.
Confession #1: My oldest son mastered the use of an iPad at about the same time as he learned to walk.
Confession #2: I have allowed my boys unlimited use of devices when we traveled.
Confession #3: This freedom of device use and technology given to my children have created many unwanted incidents and unpleasant behavior for both us as parents, and the kids (read: tantrums and timeouts and maybe some yelling).
While freedom to use devices and access to apps, games and the Internet can be good for kids (and frankly, unavoidable), we as parents need to retain control of the when and how of this access.
It’s not just overuse, sometimes, it’s misuse. My oldest son has actually used Skype on his grandmother’s iPhone, to call her various contacts (ohmygoodness). He’s only five.
While I can’t change the past five years, I can certainly move forward with how we as a family monitor the children’s technology use. Here’s where OurPact comes in.
OurPact is an easy-to-use, iOS application that was created to help parents guide the mobile habits of their children, as well as teach responsibility through technology. After conducting hundreds of hours of research with child professionals and then teaming up with parents and industry experts, the OurPact team carefully constructed an essential application that keeps the functionality of family life in mind.
OurPact isn’t just a parental control tool, but family guidance like never seen before. This simple app gives parents to power to:
● Schedule Internet and App use according to your child’s daily routine, and among the weekdays or weekend.
● Set the number of hours your children spend on the Internet and within Apps.
● Block Internet and Apps at a touch.
● Allow Website and App access, whenever you feel your child “needs more time”, at a touch.
●Block all apps (eg. Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), as you see fit.
Can we all say Amen here?
I want my children to know how to use technology, wisely and responsibly. At only 5 and 3, of course they can’t do that without guidance. I can’t hover over them every minute of the day, so OurPact is a fantastic tool to help me do that.
Since using OurPact, not only do I feel more relaxed towards how and when the kids use their iPad and their grandmother’s iPhone, the boys have also learned that they need to turn off tech, and tune in to daily life. The Lego and Hot Wheels get more action, they are actually playing together, not just sitting side by side, doing their own device thing. You guys should go download it now!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of OurPact.
Tell me frankly – how often do your children use their devices? Do you know what they’re accessing? Are you worried about overuse?