Having a hard time getting your kids off their mobile devices? Well, you are not alone! Numerous parents struggle with the same problem these days.
“Technological addiction,” according to digital detox expert Holland Haiis, “can happen to anyone” and that includes our children. That’s why it’s very important for us to help them overcome it. Besides, too much use of electronic gadgets can cause Screen Dependency Disorder (SDD), a condition that affects both a child’s behavior and mental health.
So what can you do as a parent? Well we have several suggestions that could work. Read on and learn!
1. Take time for fun activities.
Transitions can definitely be difficult for young gadget users but to succeed in that, you need to attract their attention by offering interesting alternative activities. According to Common Sense Media, you can say something like “When I say stop, it’s time for the iPad to go night-night. Let’s see how fast you can flip it shut! As soon as it’s asleep, we can sneak into the other room and paint.”
2. Set limits.
Of course, it would be useful to set time limits for your child’s device usage instead of letting them play for hours. Ideally, kids ages 2 to 5 years old should have a maximum of 1 hour screen time every day. Use visual and sound cues (such as an alarm clock) so they know you’re serious about it.
3. Use apps with built-in timers.
Better yet, try apps with built-in streamers such as video-streaming apps like Cakey and Huvi. These apps stop on their own so it can be pretty helpful for parents trying to control children wit their gadget use.
4. Take advantage of natural breaks.
Aside from timers and apps, you can also encourage kids to stop gadget use after natural breaks such as the end of an episode or level. That way, they won’t have to stop in the middle of a cartoon or game. What’s important is that you and your child agree on a limit so they’re accountable with their actions.
5. Implement consequences.
Of course, it is also advisable to discuss consequences so your child clearly knows what happens if her or she breaks your agreement. You can say something along the lines of “If it’s too hard to turn off, the tablet has to go away for a whole day.”
8 Creepy Things Your Smartphone Quietly Knows About You
#5 is unsettling.
We set passwords, passcodes, secret patterns, face recognition, and all that jazz just to protect our personal details from other people. However, despite all our efforts, we are still not entirely safe.
Did you know that your smartphone knows you so well it’s scary? Here are eight creepy things your smartphone quietly knows about you.
1. The places that you have been to.
Mark Zuckerberg Loses $15 Billion Within 24 Hours
It’s a terrible day for the Facebook CEO.
Mark Zuckerberg must be a having a really bad headache right now. According to recent reports, the Facebook CEO has lost over $15 billion in a single day after investors “dumped shares” because of the social media giant’s “slowing sales growth.”
According to a report by USA Today, the loss impacted Zuckerberg seriously that he dropped from #4 to #6 of Forbes’ world billionaire’s list. While a net worth of $67.1 billion still isn’t so bad, Zuckerberg is now officially out of the top 5.
Mark Zuckerberg dropped from #4 to #6 of the world’s billionaires list.
You Can Flood-Proof Your Home With This Door Dam
Flood protection made easy!
Flooding is always a serious problem that can cause damage of properties and even the loss of lives. Fortunately for us, many of today’s great thinkers are devising solutions to address the problem.
For example, we’ve heard about the Topmix Permeable concrete which is designed to absorb 4,000 liters of water in a minute’s time. On top of that, we’ve also seen Netherlands’ massive Maelanstkering, a storm surge barrier almost the same size as “two tubular Eiffel Towers, toppled over.”
While those are unquestionably effective and amazing, the masses couldn’t help but wonder: What can we do to flood-proof our homes if our communities do not have these technologies? ...