How to reduce screen time for teens

Anna - posted on 04/02/2016 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 15 year old dd does good in school and has animals to take care of but I feel like she spends too much time on tv, computer, and phone. Any ideas on how to limit this?

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Kara - posted on 04/12/2016

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I don't think setting parental controls is the way to go.. even if you can successfully limit her time with electronics in most ways, she will still crave it and seek it out even more excessively at every opportunity. My parents wouldn't let me watch tv on weekdays, so as a result I would binge watch for hours and hours on friday/sat/sunday.. When she goes to college, you won't have any control over this..

IMO a better approch is to help her find a new hobby or interest..

Maria - posted on 04/04/2016

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If you have some problem with the standard windows parental control there is this http://limit-computer-time.com/ that we use. It adds a time limit usage for each day over the allowed slot time to use a pc account (just set no kids drawings option). Anyway it has no website restrictions, so better to use both.
Some time ago I looked online a lot about this topic. So I learnt you can set the already present parental control on phone too but it is very useful to limit apps and websites, not to limit phone time usage. It's plenty of apps to do that and more but they are not free (I tried someone of these for the free testing time and they were working well, now I pay fee and looking for a free one). Googling just now I found Screentime, Ourpact, Funamo, Mmguardian, Intel security safe family, Teensafe and Mspy, eachone seems good and more or less the same, I cannot say which is working better.
I cannot find an app just only to limit the phone time use, that is the main feature we need. If somebody can find it... let me know!
Hope this will help.

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Anne - posted on 12/06/2017

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been there, had it... We use parental control app to control their phones and ipads. I like that now they have certain Schedules and they have daily limit for total usage of the device. Really a great tool for parents! And for smaller kids we also use it in order to block apps and websites. I know there is a lot of them, but we use Kidslox - manager at Apple store recommended it to us, when we were buying phone to one of the kids. Anyway am very happy with it. If somebody wants, you can find more here: https://kidslox.com/

Nellynunes148 - posted on 07/16/2016

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The use of cell phones are not allowed in the house, just srtictly when they are out with friends so they could keep in touch with parents. During the week they could only be on the computer for homework purposes on the weekends 1 hour per day. Television is also limited to 30 minutes to an hour so they get to choose one family show to watch

JesicaLopez - posted on 04/14/2016

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Hey, I am a little late however, I would agree to what Maria and Evelyn said. Being a parent, I believe that setting parental controls along with participation in kids activities in a nice combo to manage kids' screen time. While talking about parental controls, I mean the digital apps that allow us schedule auto screen locks for devices such as smartphone and tablets. For this I use Familytime http://familytime.io . The app that enables me to lock their device without any battle! :D. Anna, I hope my solutions will help you too.

Elise - posted on 04/12/2016

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Here is what works for our family. Sunday-Thursday nights, we go 'media dark' at 9:00 pm. All of us. No computer, no TV, no phone. If my kids have homework that requires online time, we expect them to finish before 9:00. If it is a big assignment then they have to notify us about why they need more computer use. My husband and I usually read (books, not iBooks). Listening to music is okay for everyone. Taking phone calls is okay too from family. Calls with friends to just chat need to be finished before our deadline. It really helps my kids since we aren't making a rule that we don't follow ourselves. The benefits? I notice my son gets his homework done earlier and that he gets to bed earlier. My husband and I get more sleep since we wind down sooner. And, if the kids aren't reading or doing something else, they sometimes wind up in our room talking and laughing. Priceless. (Friday and Saturday, they can have the media since those aren't school nights. And we catch up on the DVRd shows we couldn't watch since their airtime are past our 'media dark' hour.)

Anna - posted on 04/04/2016

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Thank you all for the tips and I will be using these. The main problem is her phone, it's easy to sneak onto unlike tv's and computers.

Maria - posted on 04/04/2016

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Yes, I'm agree. I would mainly keep them there and check every now and then the parental control is not violated. Nothing can be more sure thing than check directly the devices and the activities online.
Anyway I'm thinking just now, over the "practical" way to limit the time on tec devices, when kids cannot use them they find other activities, usually more healthy and useful activities. When this happens it's a good incentive to stay away from tecnology, with time every kids can recognize it. So in addiction to rules and parental control I would give some idea to spend free time in a good way.

Maria - posted on 04/04/2016

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Use parental control on computer to set time to use it and do the same with some app for phone, someone is free too. Google fot "parental control windows/android/iphone", I found this for the standard windows parental control http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/10524/how... but it's plenty.
And as Evelyn wrote set the rule tecnology only after homework and chores. I would add no tecnology 1 or 2 hours before bedtime.

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