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1.We do our best to model using technology well. We realise our kids can't tell the difference between us sending off an important email and us browsing Facebook, so we keep device-use around the kids to a minimum.
2.With the new Bring Your Own Device model of learning now in schools, it's been hard to draw lines between work and play on devices. Our daughter can often be found Skyping her friend to do homework together. So we require the kids to use their devices outside of their rooms.
3.We have a family computer in a common area of the house for the kids to use. They each have their own account on it and they have shared their passwords with us.
4.The router is shut down at 10pm every night. The kids are encouraged to manage their time and do their online socialising before then to avoid FOMO (the fear of missing out).
5.On a recent family roadtrip, we decided ahead of time that we were not going to use personal devices whilst in the car so we could talk and connect together. We set aside two to three hours each day where the kids could do whatever they liked, including using social media.
6.Our top priority is for our kids to remain authentic – that they are the same people online as they are in everyday life. And so conversations we have with them about transparency and accountability are focused on that. Nicola Gaze is mum to four kids, aged 16, 14, 12 and 9.
Forest: Stay focused, be present
This is a productivity tool designed to help users stay off their devices and fully engage with the task at hand. Though it's designed for people who have their own devices, parents can use the app as a timer for younger kids as well.
The Wonder Weeks
Based on the bestselling book, The Wonder Weeks, and more than 35 years of international scientific research, this app will keep you informed about the (mental) leaps and bounds of your baby.
Kids are full of hilarious comments. Capture the best quotes, conversations and moments with the Little Hoots app. For more great advice about managing ging screen time and keeping kids safe online,nline, go to digi-parenting.co.nz Thanks to Vodafone for supporting The Parenting Place