...And hear what seems like a never-ending chorus of impatient cries coming from the back seat: “Mom! I’m bored! When are we going to be there?” Eventually, they’re asking to use your phone. Stressed out, needing to focus on the road, and without an alternative, you comply.
Don’t worry! We all do this sometimes. Once upon a time we could entertain the kids by counting cars or breaking into song, but those days are gone. Flustered, you hand your phone back to your son, hoping to prevent a meltdown.
In settings like these, your child is using your phone (or computer or tablet) to watch videos, play games (online and offline), take pictures, do schoolwork, and surf the web or social media (even if you wouldn’t ordinarily allow it).
Letting Your Child Use Your Device
For when you need to keep them busy on a roadtrip, at the doctors office, or waiting for your food. How to let your kid use your device, safely.
Your device doesn’t have the same parental controls you set up for your kid
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You’re worried that your kids will be able to access inappropriate websites when they use your device.
Set up more privacy settings on all your personal devices (like restricted search) in anticipation of these scenarios.
When they use your device, your kids are not governed by an external app that monitors screen time — so instead you need to be the “enforcer.”
Establish predefined screen time expectations before letting your kids use your device. Scenarios like the long car ride involve special circumstances, requiring more detailed conversation and mutual understanding.
You’re worried that your kids will scroll through your apps and click on something they shouldn’t.
Use Apple’s Guided Access feature so your child can only access one app at a time (and only apps that you have approved). For example, if you enable the Netflix app, your child will only be able to access Netflix, and nothing else.
You’re worried your kids will riddle your device with viruses by visiting unsafe sites.
Activate malicious website blocking on your Aura app. This will ensure that your child won't somehow stumble upon sites or pop-ups that could steal your information or install malware on your phone. (Hint: this is very helpful for adults, too.)
Now... Let's Talk
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