Have you ever noticed that whether it is the restaurant or the home dining table, families are constantly engaged with their mobile devices? From the teens networking on their smartphones to parents checking emails and messages; we all are surrounded by technology all the time. Today, teens are using technology which is not always healthy. Instead of letting them get harmed by excessive tech-overdose, putting them on a technology diet is a better idea.
Teens need Digital Detox
Teens’ virtual world is overlapping with the real world and making them confused about how to balance the two worlds. The difference between the real world and virtual online world is blurring day by day and it could ruin the important real life communications. If your teens’ digital life is eating the time they could have spent with their family & friends, then you should put them on a digital diet. You could go for some smart tactics and also get help from smartphone parental controls. Let’s have a look what you could do with these.
Keeping the teens’ bedrooms media-free could make a big difference. Keeping the TV’s, laptops, video games and smartphone out of teens’ bedroom can let them sleep better, and yes, you could reduce the screen addiction. No wonder it’s a bit difficult to get teens ready for avoiding screens in the bed, but at least you can use this option for your preteens and tweens.
Set the limits
Setting limits for the acceptable usage of devices is quite helpful too. Discuss and set the hours when they should and shouldn’t use their devices. As today’s teens are very smart at twisting the truth, you can actively monitor them to know whether they are following the rules or not. For this, FamilyTime is most suitable. With this app, you can put addictive networking apps like Facebook, Twitter to the Blacklist and get alerts if they use those in the bed time or any time forbidden by you. You can download it from Google play and iTunes, as it’s compatible with all versions of Android smartphones, iPhones and Kindle.
Engage them in physical games
Like networking apps; another favorite habit of teens is playing mobile games. Instead of letting them sit in front of the screens and playing on screens, you can engage them in soccer, football and other exciting games. It’s a healthier activity then sitting on a couch in front of the screens.
Put screen locks
You can put screen locks during school hours or the time which you think they should spend with family and control their screen obsession. For this, too, FamilyTime is smart enough. Its screen locking spec is very handy as you can lock teen’s phone with just a tap on your dashboard. With this feature, you can create a digital detox and get them interested in real life activities and most importantly- family time.
Balance teens’ real & virtual life; smartly!
No wonder media is the part of teens’ everyday life, but it should be kept in balance. Forbidding them from using their devices isn’t a good choice but with FamilyTime, you can create a balance and let them have fun too. With the digital support, you can put teens on a reasonable digital diet and keep them more active in real life!