Having kids is maybe the best feeling a person can have but as they grow up things start to become more difficult. Your love for them does not dilute over time but things and managing them becomes harder. Seeing kids with phones and chargers with themselves is a normal thing nowadays. They use their phones so much that they need to constantly recharge it. You find them almost every time staring at their screens. But some parents don’t like this, and rightly so. Many kids become really addicted to their mobile phones. For this reason, we will mention some apps which help parents in different ways according to their children’s phone usage.
An app-based solution.
A father, Nick Herbert, took care of all those parents who are concerned that their children don’t reply to their messages. He invented an app called ReplyASAP Messaging App. He told for the goodhousekeeping.com that his son wasn’t able to respond to him when his phone was in silent mode or when he played games. So he came up with an idea of creating an app which no matter what his son is doing with his phone, the message would go to him, and would go loud. He continues that:
It gives him the freedom to keep his phone on silent, but with the knowledge that I can get a message to him if necessary. He knows when to use it and when I send him a message on it, it will be important.
The app is not a complicated one but it does the job perfectly. When dad writes a message through ReplyASAP, the receiver will get a message with an alarm, even if the receiver’s phone is on silent mode. The SMS comes above the screen even if the receiver is playing or doing whatever and the loud signal doesn’t stop until the message is seen. Parents will confirm when their kid sees and reply to their texts through this app. Furthermore, the app is not only designed to launch the alarm on kids’ phones but also on parents’. Good news is that Herbert’s son welcomed the idea of this app. Nick says on his app’s site that:
He will also have the ability to send me these messages – so there is a mutual understanding that using ReplyASAP is only for important things and not because he needs new batteries for his xbox controller.
Undertaking initiative to protect against children tech-addiction.
This is another example of parents taking action as a result of being concerned for their kids. The initiative to create the PAUS (Parents Against Underage Smartphones) was taken by Timothy Farnum from California. He has five children and he created the website with the aim of protecting kids from overuse of technology. He took the initiative as a result of his children being too much dependent on smartphones. He said for the CNN that his kids were losing interest about playing outside etc. In the website, it is stated that:
What we are seeking is balance, and we think as a nation we have gone too far. There’s no reason we can’t stop for a moment, and pause to consider what is best for our children.
This group of parents aims to stop the usage of smartphones for children by implementing it in the legislation level. Dr. Farnum states for the CNN that:
One of my sons, I took it away, and it was a pretty dramatic, very violent outburst. He was very addicted to this little machine. It kind of scared me, and that’s really how it started.
Not only he and his group want to legally prevent children below age 13 to have smartphones but they also require to legally stop the persons who sell the devices. Nevertheless, oppositions to this idea have been present. For example, Dr. Donald Shifrin, a professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, is skeptical about the effects of the legally-based initiative, according to the CNN.
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