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Two words that are guaranteed to send any parent into a state of anxiety.
Whether you don’t know if you’re managing screen time the right way, you aren’t managing it at all, or you don’t know where to start, devices have this great way of inducing stress for parents.
But I have good news for you.
There’s a secret to mastering digital parenting, and it’s not nearly as complicated as you think. It’s called OurPact, and this is how you can use it to turn over a new digital parenting leaf.
Sign up for an account from your mobile browser or computer (don’t worry, it’s free).
If you own a personal iOS device, you can also download OurPact from the iOS App Store.
2) Pair Your Kids Devices
After creating a parent account, the next step is to pair your children’s Android or iOS devices to your account. (Instructions for how to do so are in the app, but just a heads up, all it takes is going to pair.ourpact.com in a browser on your child’s device.)
Once you’ve paired your children’s devices, you will be able to see them in your parent OurPact app, set up individual profiles (including profile pictures!), and individual rules and schedules.
3) Manage Device Access, Remotely!
This is when the fun begins!
As soon as your children’s devices are paired to your OurPact account, you are able to manage their device access at any time, and from anywhere. You can block access at-a-touch, or automated schedules, which you set up in the parent app to automatically block access during pre-defined periods of time (ahem, bedtime!).
It may sound satisfying to quickly install OurPact’s software on your kids devices without their knowledge, so you can enforce a block the next time they ignore your request for devices to be put away… But there’s a better approach.
Before installing OurPact, sit down with your kids, and open up a dialogue about device use, and why limits on screen time are important. Frame rules and boundaries as being in their best interests, and then agree on a couple rules together, such as:
- Times that devices are not allowed to be used (eg. homework time, bedtime, at the dinner table)
- Daily screen time allowances, and whether these differ on weekdays versus weekends
- Requests (not having to ask more than once for devices to be put away)
After having a high-level conversation about the rules you agree on, introduce OurPact to your child, along with OurPact’s Family Contract. Download and set the app up together, along with any schedules you’ve agreed on. This is a great way to ensure your child does not see their screen time rules as being imposed, but rather agreed upon limitations.
The secret to digital parenting isn’t patience (though that helps), or vague rules, it’s a simple app, OurPact, that is ready to transform your family’s relationship with devices forever.