With summer here, our children will have more time available for video games, television, and smartphones. Parents please take a few minutes to watch these videos. Then, you and your children can establish rules and guidelines for the summer months PRIOR to screen time getting out of hand.
I have also provided links to time tracking apps for smartphones and a free Summer Bucket List printable. You and your children can fill out the Summer Bucket List together and make the most of your summer vacation!
What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
The Drug-like Effect of Screen Time on the Teenage Brain
Negative Effects of Technology on Kids
Here are a few time tracking apps for smart phones…
Moment– Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your iphone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit.
Checky– Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how many times you check your phone a day. By giving you insight into you phone checking habit, Checky helps you become more aware. This awareness can help you make a change to your phone usage, if you feel the need to make a change.
QualityTime– QualityTime is a Google Play app for Android that automatically tracks your smartphone usage. Once you have detailed insight on your smartphone habits, you can then manage your digital diet accordingly.
Breakfree– Breakfree is another Google Play app for Android that’s aimed at controlling smartphone addiction. It provides usage monitoring, non intrusive notifications, phone management tools, parental controls, and usage statistics.
Use the summer months to make memories together! Download this free printable and compile a must-do list with your children to make the most of the 2017 summer! Click to download printable here > > > Summer Bucket List
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Happy summer!