Qustodio is the only digital safety suite that protects all your devices and is already trusted by over 1,000,000 parents, schools and businesses worldwide to drive safer and more productive use of devices and internet. Our unique reporting delivers 360 degree visibility on all that’s happening 24/7 so you can understand how devices are used, what sites are visited, what searches are made and much, much more.
On Friday, April 3 2020 Qustodio hosted a live Q&A to help parents looking to manage screen time, digital wellbeing and general parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Questions were answered by Digital Wellbeing Expert Georgie Powell, Child Psychologist Dr. Nicole Beurkens, and Lauren Seager-Smith, CEO of bullying prevention charity, Kidscape.
So you want to get your little one a device with internet access, and cannot decide whether this will be wise? Although the thought schools surrounding this matter are polarized, there is always some good withing healthy boundaries.
Lets shed some light on the benefits of smart technology to kids.
Exposing your child to technology will give them the advantage to be fammiliar with these devices and their inner workings. Perhaps your generation never grew up with the tech we have today. People that had little to no exposure to technology while growing up fear these devices bacause of this lack of confidence in using them. Tech executive and bestselling author Sheryl Sandberg said this: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”. Giving children exposure to technology allows them to experience the technology in safe environments. Everything in moderation is key.
As a parent your role in all of this would be to provide such a safe environment for your children.
With Qustodio you have the tools on hand to do just that.
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Many parents are concerned about how much time their children spend on the internet. Using the internet for various purposes such as studying, social media as well as entertainment, which includes online gaming.
But does the use of the internet truly equate to the total screen time your child is exposed to?
What is screen time? Screen time is any time spent watching any form of digital screen. This includes:
Not only has screen time been tied to various mental health issues in teens and adults, it directly impacts child development, mental and physical health. Both negative and positive effects of screen time is influenced by the levels and content of exposure.
In a practical sense there is no realistic way that you can completely shield your child from screens since our lives are becoming ever more digital. Research by the Liahona Academy in Utah, United States, suggests that teens spend an average of 44.5 hours each week in front of digital screens. Another study by the Pew Research Center in USA, indicated that 85% of individuals ages 8 to 29 own a smartphone.
As a parent you should not simply limit screen time from devices, but rather cultivate healthy habits which your kids will carry into adulthood.
With Qustodio you have the power at your fingertips to define such boundaries.