It’s not something your child would definitely like or agree on, but sometimes, blocking apps has to be done.

Blocking apps is not all bad.

The term ‘blocking’ carries with it a negative connotation in the digital sphere. ‘Block’ can indicate a denial of one’s allowance to view content on social media, or rejection, or a dismissal. It’s not something that one wants to experience online. But sometimes, for our children’s safety, blocking certain apps online may prove to be more beneficial in the long run. You’d have to go through a lot of tantrums, no doubt, but it’s bitter medicine for your child – they won’t appreciate it, but it’s good for them.

Apps that are popular with kids

There are various apps that probably spring to your mind when you think about blocking apps. These probably include YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, etc. These well-known social networking and entertainment apps have their own set of parental control functions. YouTube for instance has a kids version – YouTube Kids. Netflix has certain parental control functions where you can restrict your child from viewing certain titles, and you can keep track of their viewing activity. Netflix also has a kids version of their own. As for Facebook, there are privacy settings that your child can activate through the application itself. 

But these are apps that we, as adults, are more familiar with. For your young ones, there are plenty of apps that you probably are unaware of, but are popular with kids. These can be social media apps, messaging apps, and gaming apps. Each of these types of apps can pose different risks to your child. Here are 3 apps from each type, and the potential online risks they may carry that you ought to know:

1. Tik Tok

Developed in China, Tik Tok is used for creating and sharing short music videos. It’s similar to YouTube, but these videos only last for about 15 seconds. Tik Tok is also an interactive app where users can connect with one another. Many children all over the world have become famous overnight because of the app. However, while Tik Tok may be fun and harmless, there’s a sizeable number of charting songs that include explicit language in their lyrics. Additionally, whenever a Tik Tok user posts a video for public view, that video easily becomes a target for mean criticism and even cyberbullying.

2. Kik

A free instant messaging platform, but what makes it special is the anonymity assigned to a user. Users can register for an account without a phone number or a name. The app instead uses the IP address of the user which is used to determine the user’s location. With the power and shield of anonymity, users have been confronted with cyberbullying and even pornographic messages.

3. Minecraft Pocket Edition

Basically the mobile version of the popular PC game, Minecraft is a hit with children. The game allows its players to create their own virtual worlds. They can go on adventures and fight monsters too – real fun, right? While the app is great for nurturing your child’s creativity and imagination, just like any other gaming application, it can potentially spawn addiction in your young one.

So why should you block apps?

All apps are not inherently bad. They are entertaining and social. But it’s how we use these apps that can potentially generate negativity and harm to not only ourselves, but to those around us as well. If you realise your child’s social media use infringes on his/her privacy, or if he/she has developed an addiction to a particular gaming or social media app, try talking to your child about it first. Talk to him/her about privacy settings to protect them from online harm, or about managing his/her screen time to prevent addiction. If you see minimal changes in your child’s smartphone habits, it may be time to pull the plug.

The plano app has an apps block feature that allows you to prohibit your child from accessing certain apps. There’s also a device schedule function which gives you the reigns to determine when your child can and cannot use their devices. Moreover, plano takes care of your child’s vision health and constantly gives your child eye break prompts to take a break from using their devices for too long. These features are, however, subject to your device’s technical specifications.

With new phone games grabbing our children’s attention every day, it may seem impossible to peel them away from the screen. Take a look at some of these indoor games to help limit your child’s screen time.

Game on.

Taking time to play with your child is a helpful way to manage their smartphone use and also show them the joy of being away from the screen. While smartphone games can take your child on a new adventure, sometimes, all it takes is some imagination and some household items to inject some fun into the everyday and reduce their screen time too:

1. Indoor obstacle course

Create an adventure just for your child outside the virtual world. Gather some chairs, blankets, hula hoops, and anything that you think will be useful in creating an a-maze-ing (pun intended) obstacle course. Set up the obstacle course according to the range of space in your house. You can make as many rules as you want and each obstacle may require different methods to cross over. For instance, you can ask your child to roll over a blanket or crawl under a chair before he/she moves on to the next obstacle. No matter what, just make sure your child has fun.

2. Pictionary

Can’t seem to get your hands on the board game? Well, you can DIY it! Get some paper and pencils then write down different words on pieces of paper and drop them into a hat or a bowl. Ask your child to pick one randomly and draw what’s written on a piece of paper without telling you what he/she fished out. After junior finishes his masterpiece, it’s time to start guessing.

3. Ice excavation

Bring out junior’s inner archaeologist with an ice excavation. All you need is a container big enough to hold some toys and deep enough to fill with a substantial amount of water. Place the container filled with toys and water into the freezer and wait until the water turns into ice. After it has frozen over, gently take the ice block out of the container. Pass your child some ‘tools’, like salt, a towel, water, you name it, to defrost the ice block and save the trapped toys.

4. Sensory box

This box will keep junior entertained and his/her imagination alive. Grab an old shoe box and cut two holes, big enough for your child to fit his hand in, at the side. Place different objects into the box and get your child to identify them using his sense of touch. Some examples of objects may be slime, a feather, or even just a simple stuffed toy.

5. Treasure hunt

Nothing beats a good-ol-fashioned treasure hunt to give the little ones an adventure away from screen time. Simply write some clues on scraps of paper, number them, and leave the first one in an obvious location. Leave the rest of the clues all over the house – from the bathroom to the bedroom to the garden, get creative. Keep junior moving all around the house to find the prize at the end, but don’t forget to leave some random prizes at various points throughout to encourage them.

Fun beyond the screen

Games don’t always have to come from a little screen in your child’s palms. The phone is a great source of entertainment, but it’s necessary to manage how your little one is using it. Excessive screen time can have negative consequences for your child’s eye health. Using your imagination and some everyday household items can go a long way in entertaining your child and keeping their eyes healthy. If you need some help to keep your child busy away from the screen, check out the plano shop for a bunch of different activities your children can enjoy outdoors.

Where has the time gone? Your baby is reaching his or her half-year mark, and life has been nothing but a jarring blur. Well, you’re up for more. 

Starting from now, your baby may start crawling anytime and making a go for it! Once your baby is in motion, expect him or her to explore anything and everything within his or her reach. If you haven’t done a full baby safety check around your home, now would be a good time to do so. 

We’ve collated a set of reminders for you – from sleep safety tips to house safety tips to bathing safety tips – we got you covered:

When your baby is fast asleep:

1. No Mobiles 

Not your mobile phones, but rather the hanging toys that hang above your baby’s crib. Remove these mobiles from your baby’s crib when he or she is able to reach for it to avoid strangulation. 

2. Get rid of wires or cords

Another way to avoid strangulation or to prevent your baby from getting caught in knots, ensure that wires or cords are out of reach from your baby’s crib. It would also be good measure to tie up all curtain cords and out of reach from your baby. 

3. Bedding

The bed is probably where your baby spends most of his/her time in dreamland. However, as much as you want to create the most comfortable environment for your little bundles, pillows, quilts, comforters, stuffed toys, sheepskins, and other soft surfaces should not be in your baby’s crib as this can potentially lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) according to American Academy of Pediatrics.

4. Just the right temperature

Just like how you probably don’t like to sleep in a room that’s too cold or too warm, your baby probably has the same preferences too. The ideal room temperature for your sleeping baby should be kept between 20–22.2°C (68–72°F). As a general rule of thumb, keep the temperature comfortable for a lightly-clothed adult. If it’s too cold for you, it is too cold for your baby. 

5. Sleeping position 

Babies spend most of their time sleeping, and unlike us, they cannot control their sleeping positions. As suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations for infant sleep safety, an infant should sleep on his or her back for all sleep times and on a firm surface. This is to reduce the risk of SIDS as your baby could roll over and sleep on his/her stomach if he/she sleeps on her side. By rolling over onto his/her stomach, this could hinder your baby’s breath and cause SIDS. Also, as much as you love cuddling with your newborn, it is highly recommended not to share beds with your baby as this can also cause SIDS by strangulation and suffocation

A safe home for a safe baby:

1. Small objects

Paper clips, coins, pen caps, and anything small that present a choking hazard should be kept away. As your baby is a curious one, he/she may be tempted to pick up these small objects and eat them. A good rule of thumb: If something is smaller than a D-sized battery, it is a choking hazard, so keep it out of sight and out of reach from your little one.

2. Sharp and toxic objects

It goes without saying that razors, small choking hazards and other dangerous items such as cleaning products or pet food are a definite no so put these far away in a box and out of your baby’s sight.

3. Chargers and electronics 

To prevent strangulation and any electricity risks such as electric shocks, make sure to remove chargers that are not in use and coil up the wires. Also remember to stow these away and keep them out of reach. 

4. Tablecloths

That beautiful tablecloth that you lay everyday for meals will not only catch your guests’ attention, but your baby’s too. If your baby is extra curious, there runs the risk of him/her pulling it down and hurting him/herself. 

5. Windows 

Lastly, remember to keep windows locked, and use window guards to prevent your baby from falling out should they climb up the windows. 

Scrub-a-dub time:

We all love a good bath at the end of the day, so it’s necessary to take some precautions when showering your baby to give him/her a comfortable one. The water temperature should be 37-38°C (98-100°F), which is around our average body temperature – so, it’s not too cold, or not too scalding. But just to be safe, always add the cold water first into the tub, then the hot water so that the tub won’t be boiling hot when you lower your baby in. Once your baby’s in the tub, switch off the water to keep your baby from drowning. For added precaution, add a rubber mat at the bottom of the tub to prevent your baby from slipping if he/she can stand. Most importantly, never leave your baby in the bath unattended. Even if the phone starts to ring, or if a delivery man arrives, never leave your baby alone in the bath to prevent drowning or other accidents. 

Home is where your baby can find a shelter and safe arms. It is our wish that your baby has a safe and secure home for him/her to grow up happily and healthily.

Remember when your mother reminded you to eat your fruits and vegetables? Well, she wasn’t joking when she said they’re good for you because fruits and vegetables actually have a lot of beneficial effects on not just your overall health, but also your brain. Here are some fruits and vegetables for a brain boost.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Ask your child what he/she wants for a mid-afternoon snack, and they will probably scream for chocolates, sweets, or potato chips. Rarely, if not never, will they ask for apple slices or a bunch of grapes. Hand them an apple slice and they will probably sulk and walk away dejected; hand them a chocolate bar and they will lap it all up within a matter of seconds. Fruits, however, are packed with vitamins and minerals, like antioxidants, that are necessary for your child’s growth. Depending on the season, fruits can be a real sweet and colourful treat.

In fact, the darker the colour of the fruit, the more antioxidants it is packed with. Overflowing with antioxidants are berries – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc. The high level of antioxidants can inhibit brain inflammation, and improve cognitive functions. Berries also contain a substance called flavonoids which bolsters the brain’s memory functions – very important for memorising facts for school exams.

Speaking of school, if junior finds it difficult to concentrate throughout the day in class, bananas are an easy takeaway breakfast that can be eaten anywhere. Bananas are loaded with potassium and when potassium is supplied to the brain, it provides the brain with a boost in energy to stay alert and invigorated throughout the day.

What about those moody mornings before your kid leaves for school? Kiwis are a great way to regulate the brain and improve mood. Research has shown that because of the copious amounts of vitamin C in kiwis, eating just two kiwis a day can improve your mood and give you a boost in energy.

Go green.

Popeye knew what he was doing whenever he wolfed down a can of spinach. But place a plate of spinach in front of your child for dinner, and you’re likely to receive a scowl, a groan, and maybe an “ew”. Spinach is loaded with nutrients that are beneficial for your brain such as, iron, calcium, Vitamins E and K. These can protect your child’s brain from cognitive decline. Spinach also contains B-vitamins, like folate, which inhibit the accumulation of plaque and develop neurotransmitters which are essential for thinking and learning.

Thinking and learning also require the use of memory too. Broccoli contains a ton of Vitamin K which is important to improve memory. Research has also shown that because broccoli contains sulforaphane, which has anti-inflammatory functions, broccoli also encourages the growth and repair of brain tissue. 

If you need some more variety, kale is also a great source of brain food for your child. Kale contains Omega 3s which are essential for brain function and development. They contain fatty acids which are important for the maintenance of day-to-day brain functions, and to safeguard the health of brain cell membranes.

Food for thought.

All of us need a variety of food to promote healthy bodily functions. As your children are at an age where their body is constantly changing, what they eat will be integral to their growth and overall well-being. Fruits and vegetables are a necessary part of a growing healthy diet and it is crucial to incorporate them into your child’s diet be it as a snack in their lunchboxes, or as part of a smoothie. Whatever it is, we hope your child gets the best nutrition possible. 

If you feel that your kids are addicted to their smartphones, don’t worry, you are not alone.

Growing up digital.

In 2018, a survey indicated that 47% of parents feel that their children are addicted to their mobile devices. With technology advancing, it is not a surprise that kids are being drawn into the digital world quickly. 

We know that it is tricky to come up with engaging ways to connect with your kids without smart devices, so read on to find out some activities you can put in your daily lives when planning a special day with your kids!

Bring them out!

Spending time outside is shown to reduce anxiety levels and reduce the risks of mental illness. Sunlight also provides essential Vitamin D, is good for the eye and is also known to improve mood overall!

1. Take a trip to parks or playgrounds!

Remember the days where you would play at the playground in the park and have fun over the swings and slides? Recreate this memory with your kids!

As much as going to the parks and playgrounds may be a cliche idea, your kids can also interact with other kids there and this will help with their social interaction skills. Going to the playground also entails many other benefits such as helping your kids be more physically fit and healthy as well as increase develop their self-confidence and self-esteem as they overcome challenges such as Monkey Bars.

2. Bring them out for picnic dates.

Perhaps you can plan a picnic where you can have activities like flying a kite or kicking a soccer ball around! There are also a bunch of picnic games to play, such as The Ring Toss Game and Picnic Bowling to make things more interesting. 
Make this picnic date a monthly tradition for your family and it’ll help build a set of values that your kids can apply throughout their lives.

Prefer staying home? Check these out instead!

There are days where going out would seem like too much of a chore. But this doesn’t mean you have to let your kids be entertained by their phones!

1. Get competitive over puzzles and board games

Bring in puzzles and board games and spend some quality time with your kids playing them! Board games encourages face-to-face interaction that will build a sense of connection. Additionally, when you play and laugh together, endorphins are released – fostering trust and empathy, in turn strengthening the family bonds. You can even start a tradition and make a weekly “Board Game Night” to encourage quality family time.

2. Face off with a Cook Off!

Even when you are busy, you should never skip your meals. What better way to prepare meals than doing it with your family? Cooking has its magical way of bringing a family together as you share your day while making your dishes. Kids can also learn various soft skills like communication skills and collaboration, as well as pick up some practical cooking skills! Want to spice things up a bit? Consider having a friendly cook off within your family – the tastier dish can skip washing the dishes!

Unplugging for your kids

Parents play an important role in helping kids get away from the lure of digital devices. As parents, you can also be the greatest advocate for a device-free lifestyle – keep your phones away during these activities and be a role model for your kids! 

The weekend is on the horizon, which means precious family time. Your priority is to bond and develop a close relationship with your child. However, it’s no surprise that your child is more interested in living vicariously through their phone screens. As great as it is that our phones have made our lives more convenient and entertaining, a phone can and should never replace the invaluable relationship between a parent and a child. While phones are not inherently bad, and they serve as a means to connect with people, it is how we use them that is of concern; too much screen time can be a sign of phone addiction. 

Studies were conducted in the United States regarding a child’s screen time and it was found that 42% of children aged 8 and under own their own smartphone, and they spend at least 2 hours a day on them. A team of researchers from South Korea developed a questionnaire to determine smartphone addiction – if you notice your child getting upset when you limit their screen time, sneaking their phones into the room when it’s bedtime, or if they experience withdrawal symptoms when their phone is taken away from them (like tantrums or depressive states), or at worse, getting in the way of spending quality time with the family, these could be alarming symptoms of phone addiction. 

Excessive device use can be detrimental to not only one’s self, but also to the relationships around them. As parents, it is normal to want our children to put their phone down, and build a deep relationship with them.

The 3 T’s to family bonding

With so many online activities tugging at our child’s attention, it can be frustrating to peel them away from their phones and bond with them. At other times, we just want to leave them to their own devices. Nonetheless, family is still family, and developing a deep connection with our children is all we want.

1. Talk.

Setting time aside for some heart-to-heart conversations can deepen your relationship with your child. Be it during meal times, or before bed, talking to your child is the best way to not only get to know them, but for them to get to know you too. Talk to them about their thoughts on school or homework, their friends, their likes and dislikes, etc. Or, exchange stories about yourself, or other family members like their grandparents. Opening up about one another helps the both of you get to understand each other intimately.

2. Toys.

Bring out the toys and find your inner child. If you do not believe in getting toys for your child, just remember to play with them. Playing with your child, with or without toys, can help you engage with your child in a fun and interactive way. According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, play not only helps them develop their decision-making skills and cognitive strength, it also provides parents with the chance to see the world from their child’s perspective. This will help you, as parents, to empathise with them and build lasting relationships with them.

3. Time out together.

Far from the naughty corner, not only does outdoor play help mitigate myopia, and enhances your child’s cognitive abilities, planning an outing with your child can enhance family bonding. Being with them outdoors gives you plenty of opportunities to teach them more about interacting with the world around them. Ask your child what he/she would be interested in visiting – the aquarium, the zoo, the park, the beach. Going somewhere that piques their interest gives them a say in their choice, and makes them feel like their opinions are respected.

All of us crave deep connections, and even more so with our loved ones. We already spend our weekdays at work, and our children at school, so weekends are practically the only time left for the family. Yes, smartphones can be a great way to distract you from real-world responsibilities. However, if you find your child constantly spending their weekends catching up on the latest episode of their favourite cartoon, or playing video games, apps like plano help to encourage family bonding activities away from their phones. 

When pulling your child out of bed every morning seems like a Herculean task, there may be a more serious underlying issue your child may be facing – sleep deprivation.

Sleep on it

It is recommended by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) that children between the ages of 6-13 get 9 to 11 hours of sleep a night in order to help them develop physically and mentally. Even then, consistency is key, and getting them into a sleep routine every night, including weekends and holidays, will benefit them in the long-run.

Signs of sleep deprivation

1. Waking up takes forever

If you find yourself having to shake your child awake several times in the morning, chances are, your child has not had enough rest. Besides that, your child may lethargically eat breakfast and prepare for school.

2. Napping anytime, anywhere

When our body does not get adequate rest, it tries to make up for it by finding small bursts of time to recuperate. This could take place anywhere – the classroom, the school bus, or even the moment he/she returns home. However, quantity does not equal quality and these little catnaps do not compensate for the lack of sleep the night before.

3. Experiencing tantrums

Lack of quality sleep can make your child moody and irritable. The tiniest setback can light a fuse and extinguishing it will take time. These volatile moods may even prevent his/her classmates from approaching your child which could have severe implications on his relationships and self-esteem.

4. Struggling to concentrate in school

A lack of sleep has severe consequences on concentration and memory. Besides being less alert, according to Harvard Medical School, a lack of sleep will implicate your child’s ability to consolidate and process information efficiently. Being given new information daily in school, your child’s lack of concentration may affect his grades tremendously. On the other hand, the reverse may be true too. According to the National Sleep Foundation, some children may exhibit hyperactive behaviour and may behave disruptively in school.

5. Sleeping intermittently

Disrupted breathing while sleeping, or medically known as sleep apnoea is a sleeping disorder where breathing starts and stops continuously throughout the night. This interrupts one’s sleep greatly. If your child exhibits these symptoms, surgical treatment is necessary.

Have a good rest

Getting enough rest is important for all of us, and especially critical for our young ones. The cause of sleep deprivation can sometimes be linked to our phones. Sometimes, kids may get too caught up with their smartphones before bedtime which can disrupt your child’s sleep cycle. The plano app can help manage your child’s smartphone usage before bed with the time tracker. So, you can set limits on how long they are allowed to use their smartphones before tucking them in for a good night’s rest. 

Your children only have one childhood, be a part of it.

“Family time is the best time”

If you are a working parent, balancing work and family may be an all too familiar struggle. Picture this, the weekend has arrived and after an arduous week at work, you just want to spend your downtime in front of the television, or on social media. Meanwhile, junior wants to de-stress from school by playing video games on his phone all day long. While downtime is important for rest, so is disconnecting from the media, and connecting with your children. Investing in familial relationships and prioritising family time has wonderful effects on your little one, and yourself. According to the Child Development Institute in the United States, besides making your child feel special and safe, spending time with your child helps greatly in bolstering their self-esteem. It enhances parent-child bonds, and diminishes the chances of anxiety caused by loneliness.

Weekdays for work, weekends for the family.

In between errands and schedules, finding spontaneous bursts of time to bring your child out for an excursion can be tough. One suggestion is to create a routine every weekend. Setting aside an allotted time for a specific event establishes a set schedule that can help you achieve balance. Excursion trips can be made to the zoo, the gardens, or to the beach for a fun full-day out. The options are endless.

If going outdoors every weekend is physically taxing for your child and yourself, there are alternative activities to spend time with your child indoors. We know, the weather can get hot. Invest in family-friendly board games and card games to play with your child. Choices include Monopoly Deal, UNO, Scrabble, Twister, Cluedo, etc. You could also involve your children in cooking or an enjoyable DIY project like paper mache, or designing their own T-shirts. Alternatively, utilise the power of imagination and engage in imaginative-play with your child such as, role-playing games.

Family comes first.

“Your phone has already replaced your watch, alarm clock and calendar. Don’t let it replace your family.”


It goes without saying, family is important. Our smartphone devices have helped us tremendously in communication and efficiency, nevertheless, sometimes disconnection is all we need for reconnection. If your child is spending too much time on his/her device, consider using the plano app. Besides helping to monitor and manage your child’s screen time, we also believe in spending time with your children outdoors to enhance family bonding.

Limiting your child’s screen time can quickly turn into a warzone. Here are some tips on managing your child’s smartphone use.

More screen time, more problems.

Smartphones are here to stay, and it is unsurprising for children to have access to a plethora of social media sites, gaming applications, and more. While these applications are not inherently bad, what is of concern is the amount of time spent on them. Too much time spent staring at the screen can lead to vision health issues, sleep disruption, and affect their posture. However, one question asking your child to put the phone down can sometimes lead to moodiness, tantrums, and even withdrawal symptoms.

Glued to the screen? Here’s how to pry them away.

There is a saying that goes, “there’s a time and place for everything”. If your child is constantly on his/her phone no matter what time of day it is, he/she may be addicted to their phones. As parents, it’s natural to want to manage this. 

1. Hands-free.

Our phones have become appendages; an extension of our hands. This is no different for our children who are growing up in a digital era. If these devices are consuming their attention throughout the day, consider implementing a “no device” time frame. These time frames can be implemented during a meal, a family outing, before bed, or simply at a specific time of the day to engage in other offline activities. Whatever time frame you set for your child, use that time to keep the phones away from his/her hand, and spend some good ol’ fashion bonding time together.

2. Time limits. 

If your child does need to use their phones, consider limiting their time online. By doing so, it inculcates the value of moderation in your child. You can do this by negotiating with your child how long they intend to use their smart devices. Allowing your child to be involved in this discussion teaches them the importance of responsibility, and helps you work together with your child to cultivate healthy device habits.

3. Role model.

It is important to be a role model for your child. If junior observes that it’s acceptable for you to use your phone at the dinner table, he/she will follow suit. As children tend to emulate their parents, set a good example for your child by limiting your own screen time. If you feel an itch to reply to a message during dinner, remember, your child is watching, and that message can wait.

4. Get out.

Teach your child about how fun the outdoors are by going on excursions, device-free of course. Scheduling a weekend out can help to develop an appreciation for the world beyond your child’s screen, and enhance family bonding as well. In fact, studies have shown that spending at least 2 hours outside a day can help to keep myopia at bay

Monitoring your kids’ screen time is critical to prevent addiction and delay the onset of vision problems. However, looking over your kid’s shoulder to check on their device use can take up a lot of time. If you need to monitor your kid’s smartphone, the plano app can help you track the amount of time your child is using on his/her phone, and set time limits for them.

Having an available line of contact with your child is important, but is your child ready for a smartphone of his/her own?

Is it a smart decision to get a smartphone?

Do you need a new smartphone for your child to keep in contact with them or, keep you informed about their whereabouts? If the answer is yes, you may want to consider the following  before you sign up for a mobile subscription plan at your nearby Telco.

1. Have you created rules for your child?

Before handing a smartphone to your child, remember to set ground rules and parameters for them. Negotiate with them how long they can use their phones, who the main owner is (you or them), what the consequences are if your child loses/breaks the phone? According to psychologist, Dr. Jon Lasser, these rules help children learn how to self-regulate and understand their limits. Also, having a say in these rules deter children from resisting these rules.

2. Have you led by example?

Children learn through example. If you would want your child to pick up good smartphone habits, show them. For instance, if you want to limit your child’s screen time, set time limits on your own smartphone usage as much as you would want your child to. Remember to be engaged with your child when you have to be instead of compulsively checking your phone. Through this, children would be more aware of good smartphone habits and more likely to emulate them.

3. How responsible is your child?

If your child readily misplaces his/her toys or books, perhaps reconsider whether they would be ready to handle the responsibility of taking care of an expensive smartphone. Additionally, after getting a smartphone, make sure he/she uses them responsibly. This means making sure your child understands the idea of using a smartphone in moderation, and using them safely and appropriately.

Get smart about smartphone management.

Getting your child’s first smartphone is a big decision. If you do decide to get your child a new smartphone, managing their smartphone usage is necessary. If physically managing your child’s smartphone usage is too taxing, the plano app has parental controls like scheduling device-free timings to inculcate good device habits in your children.