From the modem and router to handy hacks. From coffee timers to third-party software, there are many creative ways to help protect your kids online. Here are a few of my most successful and a couple that weren’t. Hopefully this final chapter in “Using The Tools We Have” helps a parent navigate some of the more easily avoidable pitfalls of parenting, with technology.
Android has several ways to secure a childs device, the newest recently released from Google in the GooglePlay store is called ‘Family Link.’ It lets me do two things that are critical to my large, multi-device family. It provides global parental controls based on the family and child’s google account, and allows applies those restrictions to each device the child uses and to online content and store access.
Microsoft Parental Controls are global controls and restrictions set by the parent after a Microsoft Family account has been made. These restrictions follow the user across all Microsoft devices, therefore, the limits you place on your childs PC are also in effect on thier XBox. This can be very useful if you keep these handy tips in mind.
The second part of the iOS tools we have is their version of parental controls, which they refer to as “restrictions.” I fully planned on doing a deep dive into how to set restrictions. However, the amazing journalists at iMore.com did this for us less than a year ago. I will hit the high spots and things that were issues for my use, and for the rest, I will simply defer to them
As parents, we are tasked with doing everything we can to protect and prepare our kids. The same is true of their online digital life, and while education is paramount to helping them become responsible digital citizens, there are a few other steps we can take along the way to help them get there. I first want to talk about Apples ‘family share’ settings and why those may be valuable to you.
In our house, to promote healthy device use, we also utilize recharging and storage along with other daily necessities to help build good device hygiene in younger children.
Back to school time is here! As the kids head off to class, remember to stay positive, be mindful of how your excitement sounds, be happy for them, not glad to be rid of them, and remember to listen closely to any concerns or fears they have.
Even a cheap tablet or smartphone isn’t cheap, and we are talking about putting that device into the hands of a 50lb wrecking ball. My Son can break anything by accident. Don’t believe me, ask my cat. Here are the steps we take to protect those devices.
We have come to a conclusion in our household: Fair does not mean Equal and equal is not always fair, and that’s OK. Our children, and even society to an extent is all hung up on being fair and equal, however. Sometimes however we have the do what is best or most just, not fair or equal. To properly parent, we are required to do what is right for our children as we see it at that time. Proper Parenting is often full of hard choices.
We often talk about and are encouraged to put our children first. While I agree with the idea of not being selfish in our lives and interactions with our children, I don’t agree with this as a blanket statement. For you and your spouse to function as the best, most cohesive parenting unit possible, you have to stick together. You have to dedicate some time to being together, in the same room, focused on each other, doing things together for your relationship.