As my children get older, my ability to limit their screen time gets harder and harder.
I have strict rules (no electronic devices at the dinner table, don’t talk to strangers, homework comes first, etc.) but still, it’s a losing battle. And, my children are young enough that I can still maintain full control.
As a mom, I want parental controls and the right to filter their usage of electronic devices (iPad, Xbox, iPod Touch). This is not always an easy task.
Check out my downloadable “5 Ways to Limit Screen Time” list at the end of this post!
Why I Gave My Kids Electronic Devices in the First Place
As a former teacher, I do believe that electronics can have a place in education. For example, my kids often learn more by practicing their math facts using apps rather than a workbook. They love Osmo, a hands-on game that uses manipulatives and your device’s camera to play. Also, I just introduced my son to electronically borrowing books from the public library and he gets a kick out of the immediate accessibility of it all.
I work from home. Sometimes, I need their attention diverted away from me so that I can get things done. Likewise, I also work out exclusively from home.
My children are not using social media yet. And, when they do, I will continue to monitor their usage as much as possible.
But we recently moved halfway across the country. What has softened the blow more than anything is there ability to Facetime, text, and play online games with their New York friends.
If you haven’t given in to giving your kids devices at all, I applaud you and think that is a great decision. I’ll be the first to admit that these devices are crazy addicting. So, how do you set limits and control what your children do online without it escalating into an argument? Enter the Disney Circle . . .
The Circle with Disney Review: How Does it Work?
We’ve been using the Circle for close to a year now. FYI, the price has dropped dramatically since I bought it.
Is it perfect? Absolutely not, which I’ll get into in a bit. Does it help limit our screen time? Without a doubt.
Do I nag my kids less? Do I yell less? Does it help me as a parent? HECK YEAH!