Utilizing Smartphone Usage for Children
The second strategy is to turn off all notifications. Did you know that the companies who are utilizing notifications, many of them are hiring the same consultants that the Las Vegas casinos hire to get better and longer engagement on their gaming machines? That's right.
The same people trying to get you to go chi-ching over and over and over, are being hired to get you to stay on your phone longer and longer and longer. And they are successful. Every year the amount of hours that we spend on our phones is increasing. The only way that we can counter this is to get smarter and more strategic.
Number three, how can we get smarter and more strategic? Another way is to bury the apps that are the biggest distractions. So don't make them so easy to access. Often our most distracting app is right there on the front home screen. Instead, pop those into folders and then place them further back down your swiping line. And I would even take this a step further, and about every 30 days set an alarm that everybody goes in and changes the location of those apps.
So that folder moves one more screen because we actually get used to, and we train our minds to know, "Oh, now I know where it is," and go to it faster. One of the things that we found when we surveyed all of our participants is that especially on day one, how often participants were going to where the device normally was, and then the only reason they caught themselves was that that app icon wasn't there during that week.
So if we can move them around, bury them, then we're going to help retrain our minds to not go there without thinking, thoughtlessly, were you just on habit. I mean, as adults we've had the experience where we went on to our phone to do one thing, and then we're on something else and we're like, "Wait, what was I supposed to do?" This is absolutely happening to our teenagers as well.
Number four, set timers. So, okay you can be on social media apps right now, but you have this much time. One of the most beautiful things about this is just that it helps us to really become aware of how often we are spending so much more time than we meant to on our phones. So maybe they went in to use a social media app and they thought, "Oh, I've been on there 15, 20 minutes." And it's really been an hour.
And the last thing is to make sure that we are using the downtime and the limits. So on our smartphones, we can set downtimes. We can set where this is where the phone shuts off for the night. And this is when it powers back on. This is when I've reached my limits for these apps, and so the app is no longer available for the day. And you can set parental controls so that they can ask for more time if they need it.
You can say yes or no, but by us being more involved with our kids' phones, we will be able to help them, empower them, and have real conversations so that they can feel better, and do better, and live better with this amazing technology we
This video is a part of the Children and Electronics initiative. An initiative hosted by Learning Success to help parents learn how to better regulate screen time for their children.
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