Why Parents Should End Unregulated Screen Time For Kids & Teens

This post is sponsored by WebSafety. All opinions are my own.

I’m a millennial who was around during the coming-of-age for the internet. In the late ’90s and early 2000’s, I was on AOL chat rooms, building an “Expage”, and meeting friends all over the world. There were internet safety guidelines, but it was a new and exciting thing. Now that I have kids who are growing up not knowing a world without the internet, I am concerned about their safety online. Luckily, there are tools parents can use to help monitor their child’s online presence.

I want my children to be tech savvy, but still safe. I have five children, two of whom are in the pre-teen stage. WebSafety is an app that can help me give my kids responsible freedom on their mobile devices. In a world of online bullying, this cannot be more important. WebSafety has several features that promote responsible mobile device usage, rather than controlling what your kids do online. Education is key!

Now that most of our children have tablets and our oldest son as a smartphone, we’ve had to put some guidelines in place in our old household. The addiction became real quickly & I had to address it. One night, I found one of our kids on their tablet well after bedtime. Our kids sleep with their bedroom doors open, but they were shoving it under their pillow before I could catch them. I wasn’t happy when I did find out what was going on. While this particular child is a pre-teen now & wants more independence from mom and dad, that wasn’t going to be the way to get it.¬† We now require all devices to be turned into mom at bedtime & charged in our bedroom.

 

How Can WebSafety Be A Solution?

Here are features of the WebSafety app:

  • ¬†Monitor your children’s social media accounts. It will monitor what photos they upload, comments and likes on posts, and flag certain words, and who they are chatting with.
  • Monitor websites. It will flag certain websites and parents can review this activity.
  • Monitor apps. Do you ever wonder what apps your kids are downloading? You’ll know what they downloaded and how often it’s being used.
  • Monitor text messages. Kids often hide inappropriate conversations by deleting text messages, not limited to sexting and bullying.
  • Can establish curfews. If you want your child off of their phone during school hours, at bedtime, or when it’s time to do schoolwork, this is a great feature. Cell phone addiction is a real problem!
  • Monitor your child’s location. You can receive alerts when they arrive and leave certain places.
  • Can give you notifications. As often as you like, you can be notified of the activity on your child’s mobile device.

 

Take the #48Hour Challenge

We used to be that family who let their kids have unregulated screen time. It’s harmful in so many ways. My kids have had way too much over winter and it’s been a struggle to get them off. They’ve wanted to bring them in the car, to church, and are upset when they are shut off at our screen time curfew. Regulate your child’s screen time for 48 hours & see if you notice a change in your household. Or, if you do already regular screen time in your household, don’t regulate your kids at all for 48 hours, and see if you notice a difference. Come back to this post and let me know how your #48Hour Challenge went!

WebSafety is available on iOS (Apple) and Android devices, including tablets. WebSafety bills monthly for $5.99 or annually for $59.99. This is a lower cost solution to monitor the usage of smartphones and tablets in your family. You can follow WebSafety on Facebook and Twitter.

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