If you’re like me, then you do your best to manage screen time using myriad methods. In our house, I’ve done The Marble Jar to read for screens, and pretty much everything in between. And still, there are tantrums and arguments when it’s time to get off them, and relentless begging to get back on them. So a few months ago I decided I was done playing referee and manager to all things screen time and so I just banned it. No small screens, except for texting their friends or family members (or checking hockey scores for my son),...Read More
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If you’re like us, then your kids having been begging for screen time the second they got out of school. But hey, just because you’re home more doesn’t necessarily mean you get more time on your screens, kids. So, to help you manage the summer screen time, we’ve got a ton of fantastic resources, ideas, and tips to help make it a whole lot easier, all of which we’ve tried ourselves and can vouch for as working in our own homes. Related: The Circle for Disney screen time management system. Is it worth it? Take a peek at our...Read More
When it comes to smart phone addiction, we’ve done our own experiments with putting away our phones around our kids here at Cool Mom Tech. We’ve even used various techniques to manage screen time for our own kids and tweens. That’s why we were so fascinated by this piece on Medium by Corey Alexander where he shared what he discovered after he deleted all his social media accounts. Trust us, it’s totally worth the read. Related: Here’s what happened when I put away my smart phone around my kids What’s interesting is that I believe many of his revelations...Read More
Just when you thought you needed to worry about your kid’s screen time, it turns out that the amount of time you spend on your phone could be affecting your child’s behavior. According to a new study conducted at the University of Michigan with 170 two-parent homes, about half of moms and dads (48%) admitted that tech interrupted their parenting time at least three times a day. Related: New study says your toddler’s screen time could be affecting their sleep Based on these findings, the study authors suggest that parents who spend excessive time on their own screens are more likely...Read More
Web Coolness: Social media icon Easter eggs, the Facebook color updates, and kids and social media. Ahhhhh!
Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Social media icon Easter eggs! The horrifying amount of time people will spend on social media over their lifetime. Important new study about toddler screen time and sleep, parents. Tamagotchi are coming back! Using email as your baby book? Very 2017. Aw, man. Nintendo is ditching the NES Classic. Womp, womp. How to use those color updates that are rolling out all over Facebook. Here’s how GirlsWhoCode is using kids’ robots to teach girls of...Read More
If you’ve got toddlers on screens during the day, a new study out of England suggests it could be cutting into their sleep at night. And as we parents know, sleep is a precious commodity. Looking at data from about 700 British families, researchers discovered that kids between the ages of 6 months and 3 years who spend more time playing with touch-screen devices during the day got less sleep at night compared to kids who used touch screens less often. And, they took a lot longer to fall asleep too. Double whammy. Related: 8 smart ways parents can manage screen time...Read More
My kids are master negotiators when it comes to screen time, which is why we’ve never been successful with cookie-cutter methods to manage it. Sorry, Marble Jar. So that’s why I’m excited about the free unGlue app (iOS and Android), which actually empowers kids manage their bank of time according to their own priorities. Related: 8 smart ways parents can manage screen time and not lose their minds Related: 6 screen time management solutions that work, from been-there-done-that parents Here’s how the unGlue app works First, you need to download the unGlue app to your own phone, add your kid or kids, and then...Read More
We’ve found that managing screen time is one of the most common across-the-board challenges parents in this digital age face. And hey, with six kids between us, we understand how difficult it can be, especially when just going gadget-free is not a feasible option. Over the years, we’ve tried all sorts of different approaches to screen time management with our own kids, from screen time manager apps to creating simple reward systems, even turning it into family time, all eight of which we’re sharing with you. Whatever you choose, we hope these ideas help you help your kids make better...Read More
Web Coolness: The best reading apps for kids, a bullet journal, and iPads work like sedatives for kids
Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too. The best reading apps for kids of all ages. What people who grow up in today’s digital age will never get. You can use the force to control this BB-8. This amazing service is trying to connect the homeless with their long lost family. The most tech savvy to-do list might just be a bullet journal. This geeky pin is cracking us up. Get it? (via swiss miss) Why calling screentime “heroin” is digital garbage. If you’re having...Read More
It’s hard enough to juggle the after-school routine of dinner, signing homework folders, and making sure the laundry is done for tomorrow, not to mention screen time management. But lately I’ve been using the free Screen Time Manager app (for iOS or Android), and it’s been a big help. When you connect your kids’ devices to the app manager, you can create schedules that automatically shut down their devices at certain times: say, at 7:00 am when it’s time to start getting ready for the bus to arrive, or at 6:30 pm when you’re planning to have dinner on the table. In desperation,...Read More
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