*This is a sponsored post from OurPact to review their app, but all opinions are my own.
Well, I’d like to say that Frozen Fever has lessened, but my girls are still very much fans of Elsa, Anna, Olaf and all of Arendale, so much so that I had to FastPass the new Disney World ride that opens on the first day of summer in Epcot for our upcoming summer Disney World vacation in a few short weeks.
But something that has indeed gotten a bit better and more manageable is their iPad and screen time for us, thanks in part to OurPact, which I will talk more about in a bit.
However, let’s face it in this day and age there really isn’t any way around our kids using this type of technology, but if, as parents, we can at least have some sort of control over the amount of time spent on mobile devices for our kids.
With summer and warmer weather upon us, I couldn’t be happier to re-share more about OurPact here for those who may have missed my previous article on this or those who may have just forgotten, plus some sure-fire tips to help limit screen time for all families to enable making more family memories together minus the screens.
5 Surefire Ways to Limit All Kids’ Screen Time This Summer
1. Set the example and be the parent.
This might the hardest one on the list, especially for someone like myself that works from home and relies on my laptop and iPhone to get so much of my work done daily. But in order to encourage kids to want to focus more on their screen devices, as a parent this starts with us. So, for me, I have vowed for this summer as I did also in the past summers to cut back my own screen time and make sure to schedule time daily during the week to get out and have fun with my kids for the summer only lasts so long and want to make it the best that it can be for us with as many memories to treasure for months and years after, as well.
2. Encourage other activities.
This one is also pretty straight forward and clear-cut. The weather is gorgeous this time of the year to be able to spend a great deal of it outdoors swimming, at the beach, playground playing and so much more. That I want to make sure that my kids have other alternatives to spending all day in doors on their mobile devices. Even on the occasional rainy summer day, I try my best to make sure to have other activities scheduled at home, such as games, reading or even indoor activities, such as signing up for free bowling coupons or even library trips.
3. Be actively involved and listen to your kids.
This goes on with setting the example and encouraging other activities to also be present while the kids are engaging in these so-called activities by putting away your smartphone, tablet or more to be not just physically present, but also mentally present by engaging in the activities at hand with your kids when appropriate, as well as listening to their needs and wants, too.
4. Set clear cut usage time for mobile devices.
Again, you might not be able to cut the mobile devices out completely from their lives, as well as your own. But this is where you have to set clear cut times of the day, as well as amounts spent on these types of devices, because it is truly worth it to make this is a priority for not just kids, but yourself, too.
5. Use OurPact.
In setting limits, that is where OurPact comes into play, as this is a parental control application that gives parents the ability to block Internet and Apps at-a-touch or through daily time schedules.
Whereas, in the past, OurPact was just for iOS devices, such as iPhones or iPads, now it is available on any device either iOS of Android based.
Plus, this new and updated version includes a redesign of their iOS Parent Application as well as the release of our Web App which can be accessed via OurPact.com. However for Android parents, they need to log in via their Android Browser to the Web App for full mobile control, because there is still not technically an OurPact app in the Play Store.
Once again, parents either download their iOS App from the App Store or sign up at OurPact.com, where you can set up a parental account, as well. From there a parent will need to pair their child’s device to their OurPact family Dashboard. Pairing takes about 1 minute. After paired, you will see your child in your dashboard and can either set a block or create a schedule.
It is really that simple and effective with OurPact being the only parental control solution of its kind, plus it is FREE!
So what are you waiting for? Go try OurPact, if you haven’t already and start making some awesome summer memories with your family now!