Anyone who has raised children (or seen parents raising children) knows this as a fact.
One of the keys to doing it right, is being able to roll with the punches and draw from past experience – experience you have, that your kid doesn’t.
The problem is, parenting has changed. Now, technology has entered the script, and it’s thrown off that whole ‘experience’ dynamic. Kids are what we call digital natives, while us parents are simply trying to keep up.
There’s a knowledge gap, and it can cause a lot of tension.
Banning tech altogether is not only not a smart parent move, but it also isn’t really possible. They’re in classrooms, waiting rooms, and – let’s face it – an inevitable part of our kids futures.
So, how can parents deal? How can they close the gap, and know that when they hand over a device, they aren’t surrendering their parenting rights at the same time? How can you end arguments about ‘a few more minutes’ of Minecraft, when dinner’s getting cold on the table?
The answer is simple. OurPact.
OurPact is the ultimate parental control app. It’s a tool that parents can sign up for (for FREE!), and then use to manage their children’s access to internet and apps – at any time, and from anywhere.
Once parents have signed up and paired their kids devices (a simple, 3-minute process), you take the opportunity to sit down with your kids, discuss the need for healthy screen time limits, and set some guidelines and rules together. (PSSTTT… They even have a family screen time contract you can sign together!)
Then, OurPact allows you to keep device use in check through automated schedules (periods of time the device will automatically go into a blocked state, such as bedtime), or at-a-touch blocking (blocking of devices for a select period of time – whether 15 minutes or 4 hours – with a touch).
Some other perks:
- OurPact works on Wi-Fi and cellular connections – which means you can manage your child whether you’re on 3G at Starbucks, or a high-speed connection at home, and your kids can still be blocked after they leave home.
- The application is available for free!
- Parents can manage the same child devices from their own personal iOS phones (as long as they are OK with sharing account information!).
- OurPact has a web app, which parents who don’t have iOS devices can use to manage access from.
Screen time is a challenge, and while parenting is never a total breeze, OurPact makes it a lot breezier.
And parents these days need all the breeze they can get.