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Managing Screen Time for Kids With the Verizon Family Tech Initiative

Managing Screen Time for Kids With the Verizon Family Tech Initiative

This post is sponsored by Verizon. Read on to learn more about balancing tech in your own family. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal views.

I remember when my parents started using a cell phone. I eventually received my own around the age of 16. Time sure flies, doesn’t it? Mobile technology has made its way into so many aspects of our lives. It’s difficult to imagine life without screens, especially for our kids.

Think about it! All kids today have grown up in a world of smartphones and tablets; it’s just normal for them. They see their parents glancing at their phones throughout the day and often absorbed in a digital conversation, video or article provided by our ever-present technology. It doesn’t take long before kids learn at a very young age how to operate these touchscreen devices. Kids love playing simple games or watching cartoon music videos about baby sharks. One day you’ll reach to take your device back and the child will not want to give it up.

Help your kids manage their screen time with the Verizon Family Tech Initiative

“More!” they say, “I still want to use it!” It seems innocuous to let them continue to play… for 15 minutes… 30 minutes… longer? As a parent, I see that angelic face looking up at me; how can I deny my sweet little kiddo a few more minutes of digital fun? After all, I’m guilty of using my phone here, there and everywhere. My kids also see me working on my computer regularly, and occasionally watching a movie or a show as well. So what gives? Why consider limiting them at all?

When it really comes down to it, I do want my kids to be able to enjoy and learn with technology. I also want them to develop healthy habits and learn how to build quality relationships apart from tech—with family members and friends. One way our family works to achieve these goals is by managing the amount of screen time our kids get on a regular basis. That’s where the Verizon Family Tech Initiative comes in. Verizon has set itself up to cater to families in a big way. From helpful tips for parents about getting their kids a phone or tablet, to kid-friendly hardware, and amazing features like Family Locator and Verizon Smart Family.

How to manage kids screen time

We’ve allowed each of our children to use their own tablets a few afternoons a week, with hours controlled by us, the parents. Limited screen time is something you can set up with the Verizon Gizmo Tablet. Parents can configure the content by age or skill, set how long the tablet can be used for, and even see exactly which apps kids use and how often—those are some pretty epic features for us as parents.

As our kids get older, we’ll likely start them off with a smartwatch like the Gizmowatch from Verizon before they graduate to a full-blown smartphone. We are the first generation of parents to have young children who are growing up with this technology. As such, we need to be aware of how technology can affect them, and how we can be helping them to develop healthy habits and a healthy understanding of our technology. I encourage you to learn more about the Verizon Family Tech Initiative and read some of the super helpful articles about kids and tech or check out the newest products in the lineup.

Andy is dad to three kiddos and lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He loves going on family adventures, hiking, and riding motorcycles and ATVS. He’s also an entrepreneur and runs a successful children’s brand specializing in solutions for playtime and snack time.

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Lisa
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This is so important to monitor the screen time for kids. They’re becoming so used to it that something needs to be done!

Karen Monica
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Too much screen time is definitely bad for kids. Parents do really need some help with it.

Kiwi
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Kiwi

Too much screen time is becoming a problem for children of this generation. It is good that you are monitoring and limiting their screentime.

Sincerely Miss J
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This is such a great initiative. Managing screen time for children is difficult when your a busy parents. I am for anything that makes life easier.

Lydia Smith
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I find this initiative from Verizon very helpful. Wish there is for adults too. I need to limit my screentime.

Kara
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Managing screentime is tricky. They have to earn it in our house and can have an hour of screentime for an hour of outdoor play / sport

Jasmine Hewitt
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this is a great initiative. its time parents had some help with this

Beeb Ashcroft
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Screens are a great way to occupy the kids and give you some time to work. But, we need to regulate it; they love it that much!

Sara
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Great tips for reducing screen time. I am happy to see developers making this available for parents!

Romy Schoor
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So much love for this post! With how much we love tech and its greatness, we need to find evenness between daily life and online time.

Tamala Baldwin
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Love how you are easing your children into technology!!! I love how you are monitoring and managing their usage as well!!! You guys ROCK! Never heard of the gizmo watch.. sounds cool!

Alexandra
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Alexandra

What a fantastic initiative! I don’t have kids, but fi I did – I really think I would use this.
Sounds fantastic.

Kim Seghers
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I don’t have verizon but a friend of mine does and she has told me about these programs. Her son has the Gizmowatch and she loves it. We use it when we take our boys to play at the park and trampoline park so we can get track of them!

Maggie Unzueta
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I love this blog! We want our children to enjoy but tech is always not a good idea. We should teach them how to enjoy with other games together with their family, too.

Stacie
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I love this so much. Tech is great, but we need to make sure it doesn’t devour our lives. I think balance in all things is key.

Evelyn Hernandez
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This actually an amazing idea, I do not have Verizon, hopefully Tmobile will also come up with something similar.

Gabriel
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Gabriel

This is tough topic, what is the right amount of time to be on mobile devices? I think what you are implementing is a good plan.