SCREEN TIME: Why it's ImportantBoth American Academy of Pediatrics and Canadian Paediatric Society recommend less that 2 hours of screen for young children. As kids grow up, they will be exposed to more screen time. Quality of screen time is also something to consider and balance as a parent. Learn more via our blog post: Kids + Appropriate Screen Time = Better Sleep FIRST SMARTPHONE = 10 YEARS OLD AVERAGE AGEKids are getting their first smartphones, on average, at the age of 10. We wouldn’t allow our kids to start riding their first bike without guidance and training wheels. Why should we treat a smartphone, which is a powerful mobile computer, differently? Source: http://influence-central.com/kids-tech-the-evolution-of-todays-digital-natives/ It’s important to compare Android vs iOS devices when you are planning to use them with third-party parental controls. Compare Boomerang’s Android vs. iOS device features > EVERY DAY SCREEN TIME TIPS BEDROOMS & DEVICES DON'T MIXMake a house rule of no smartphones in bedrooms. Need it as an alarm? Get a real alarm clock 😉 CENTRAL SPOT FOR CHARGINGSet an area in your household where all family devices go to for charging during the day or overnight. This keeps distractions down, especially if left in the bedroom. DEVICE FREE DINNERSThis is an important part of our family time – we are all so busy running kids around from activity to activity. When you do make time for dinner, make it a device free dinner time. CONVERSATIONS WITHOUT PHONESWhen having conversations in your homes, put the smartphone down and focus on each other. Human interactions are changing thanks to how we communicate via our mobile devices but nothing replaces a face to face chat. SET A GREAT EXAMPLEAs parents, we are the ones who can set the example of what good looks like in our children. So show your kids that your own screen time can also be limited (have fun with this, set a self timer). SHARED SPACESMake your home computer and TVs stay in shared areas of your house where there many eyes that could be around. Apply this to any mobile technology your child’s using. Limit when the device can be in their bedroom or in a room without supervision. GET THE APP Get Boomerang and start setting time limits today! Try all of our Premium Features for free, for 14 days.