I’m excited to introduce you today to a wonderfully helpful app, Ourpact. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever had to deal with kids who are ADDICTED to tech? Given that my husband is the Chief Technical Officer of a software company, it’s no surprise that my boys have been exposed to all sorts of gadgets since they were babies. Mark has been buying phones and tablets and other kit for ages, and Dexter had his own game console when he was less than a year old! I will be honest – I LOVE that my kids are au fait with technology. I think it will help them in the future to be able to use computers with ease. There are so many educational apps and videos out there for them to watch and learn, and I am hands on with keeping track of what they are doing online.
But here’s the rub. Raising kids on tablets and computers means that they can get quite cranky when you suggest they, oh I don’t know… go outside and play! Or clean their rooms. Or eat their dinners. My boys would rather sit around watching Netflix on the iPad than building a blanket fort. It can be difficult to tear them away from their favorite programs.
So then what is a mom to do? Well, let me tell you about Ourpact. It is an app that allows you to take control back. At the touch of a button, you can block access on your child’s device so that they can’t use the internet or open an app. It allows you to set schedules so that they can’t sneak it out of the room and play when you’re not around.
If you kid would rather play Angry Birds than go to T-ball practice, you can set the schedule to block access during those hours.
And it’s not just for one device. You can set up control on multiple devices for multiple kids. I’ve even set up schedules for my husband to deter him from playing with his phone when he gets home from work!
If you don’t want to seem like the “mean mommy” then this app is great. By setting the schedules ahead of time, you can simply tell your child that it isn’t working right now, so he may as well eat his broccoli or put his toys away. It has become an indispensable part of keeping our kids happy and healthy.
Too much screen time isn’t good for any of us. Ourpact is a great tool for making sure your kids are still experiencing real life rather than hiding behind their screens. Download OurPact on any iOS device here.
How do you manage your kids screen time? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!