Our children are living in a smart device era and no matter where you look, you’re bound to find a child with one. Here’s why parental control apps are needed more than ever now.
Living life through the screen
In a hyper-connected world, we’re fed with endless amounts of information practically every minute. From social media to news outlets, the world doesn’t stop feeding us with something new – our children included.Our little ones spend heighted amounts of time on their devices. As detailed in the plano reports*, 97% of children aged 4 years or younger use mobile devices. In Singapore, children aged 9 to 12 years spend up to 50 hours a week on their smart devices. That’s as much time as a working adult spends in the office a week. When you see your children living a large part of their lives through a tiny screen, that’s when you know it’s time for you to get some help from the device itself.
When you can’t beat ’em, join ’em
You probably know how the saying goes, “if you can’t beat ’em at their own game, join ’em”. Used since the 1930s, the old proverb means that if you can’t find a way to subvert or overthrow your opponent, you may as well join them to seize a shred of control over the situation. When you can’t seem to get your child away from the screens, no matter how much you ask them to, get the screen to do the work for you. How? By using parental control apps.
Parental control apps may sound intimidating , but it’s not bad at all! In fact, using parental control apps are almost necessary in today’s digital age for the following reasons:
1. Develops healthy habits
Constantly staring at one’s screen isn’t healthy – both physically and mentally. Using parental control apps can help monitor your child’s digital device use and prevent them from using their devices excessively or incorrectly.
The plano app reminds your child to take a break from his/her phone every 30 minutes. The app also prompts your child to place their devices at a good distance away from their eyes. It will notify your child if they’re positioning their phones too close to their face. These notifications will remind your child to practice healthy device habits on a daily basis, and helps them to manage their screen time.
2. Having the control when you need it
Sometimes, your child may spend endless hours scrolling through their social media, or spend too much time on a particular gaming app. If that’s the case, parental control apps come in handy when you feel the need to block particular apps. However, it must be noted that there are limitations to the number of apps you can block before junior finds a way around it. So when the blocking apps function has run its course, you can consider doing these few things instead.
3. In-app insights
Parental control apps are getting smarter by the day. Nowadays, these apps even provide you with reports on how much time your child is spending on their devices, and on which apps specifically too. The premium model of the plano app sends you reports on your child’s screen time, and estimated myopia progression based on your child’s digital device use. You can use these reports to analyse your child’s screen time and make an informed decision about the following steps you could take to further manage their smart device usage.
Digital problems, digital solutions
Parental control apps are friends, not foes when it comes to managing our child’s digital device use. If you find a need to download one, be sure to inform your child about it and tell him/her why it’s necessary for them to have one. Our children’s screens are not their lives after all, and it’s important they know this too.