It’s my kids with technology. When I was the same age as my oldest child, I was completely bewildered by my family’s 8-bit Nintendo system. We still had a corded phone, that I wrapped round and round my arms, and the only person I knew with a computer was my grandfather. He was always ahead of the curve. As I grew up and into my tween and teen years, I was once again bewildered – by cordless phones. Wait. I could now talk to my friends on the phone in my own room? Or better yet – hidden in a closet? And let’s not forget how my 16-bit Super Nintendo Bat Mitzvah gift made me feel. Powerful! Entertained!
Then there was college and my first email account. I would sneak into the computer labs at late hours just to see if I got an email. I’d check my email maybe once a day, or night. I got my first cellphone in college but it was no smartphone. I barely figured out texting until my 20’s. Even into my late 20’s, if I went on vacation, I simply didn’t check my email. It could be days or even weeks. Every now and then a hotel would have a spotty connection and a smudgy guest computer. I’d sit down to check my email, but instantly get distracted by the sights and sounds of vacation-land – beaches, sunsets, children laughing, FOOD. It was such a different world then. And you know what? It wasn’t that long ago. Technology has leaped tall buildings.
– My children are aged two and five, and can already find and play videos on my iPhone. They look for that triangle and hit “play” and I can hear their laughter from rooms away. What kinds of videos might they find on the internet without limits?
– My children know how to use FaceTime. Not only that, they don’t really know a world in which you just call someone – they’d be wondering why they couldn’t see the other person. Who might they call and who might they see – without limits?
– They can play games, toggle icons around, unlock my phone, and maneuver their way through a complex set of apps, games and utilities. What might they find hidden or not, without limits on their IOS device use?
OurPact is an easy-to-use, iOS application that was created to help parents guide the mobile habits of their children, as well as teach responsibility through technology. After conducting hundreds of hours of research with child professionals and then teaming up with parents and industry experts, the OurPact team carefully constructed an essential application that keeps the functionality of family life in mind.
OurPact isn’t just a parental control tool, but family guidance like never seen before. This simple app gives parents to power to:
● Schedule Internet and App use according to your child’s daily routine, and among the weekdays or weekend.
● Set the number of hours your children spend on the Internet and within Apps.
● Block Internet and Apps atatouch.
● Allow Website and App access, whenever you feel your child “needs more time”, at a touch.
●Block all apps (eg. Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), as you see fit.
In addition, OurPact provides recommendations:
● Based on child research we can recommend the best Internet and App blocking schedules for your child’s specific age.
● With the help of industry experts and child development professionals, OurPact has the ability to tailor appropriate guidelines and tips specifically for each member of your family, allowing optimal parental control and guidance. The vision of OurPact is to advance the future of parenting and enrich the lives of children through the responsible use of technology. We are here to level the playing field, and involve you in your children’s mobile device use, which whether we want to admit it or not, is a huge part of their lives, and their future.
You can download OurPact for free HERE on all of your IOS devices! Now tell me – what are your biggest concerns about your children and technology? What are you doing to help guide the mobile habits of your children?
**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of OurPact.