The time minors spend using digital media has ballooned over the recent years. As reported by the CNN, average time a teen or tween spends daily in front of a screen has reached a scandalous number of 9 hours. And in case you are about to turn off your TV as a proof of your good parenting skills, hang on a moment and rethink your impulsive decision. The study also shows that children spend only 1 hour a day in front of that particular screen. The rest is spent on their smartphones and tablets, damaging their eyesight and exposing them to many dangers on the Internet.
It's natural that you would like to cut that time by half at least and protect your kids’ lives. However, child safety is not only about the amount of time they spend using screen media, but also about what they do in their digital world.
Can I restrict time kids spend playing video games? Is their communication appropriate? And how do I block texts on Android or filter out topics and content if they happen to be explicit? In addition to showing you the exact location of your kid, the Pumpic mobile monitoring app answers your numerous questions and allows you to control the target device usage in various possible ways.
It's time to face it, 9 hours in front of screen media definitely beats those few hours you have face to face with your kid daily. In the modern world, where 67% of teens own a smartphone, 53% of tweens possess their own tablet, there is no way you can watch over you children without a mobile monitoring app.
Although most devices have some built-in functions to track location and limit phone usage, it's clearly not enough to shield our dear ones from cyberbullying, which is known to be a major reason of teenage suicides. The same goes for explicit web content, which can harm their psychological development.
Parents usually try to control web content on devices, but often overlook different ways of communication: Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, Skype, and text messaging (SMS, MMS). Skimming through messages might be a bit too late. Some of the messages should be never seen. Therefore, here what you can prevent once you learn how to block messages on an Android phone.
Although your children spend more time looking at their screens and texting than listening to you, don't disregard the importance of an honest talk with a minor about probable dangers in both real and digital worlds.
“Watching my son spending most of his time with his tablet, I needed to make sure he is safe there, online. Teenagers don't share all their problems with parents, but I just wanted to make sure everything is fine in his life. I've learned about Pumpic from a friend of mine. She once showed me how to block texts on Android, her son has one. And I got curious. After that sexting scandal in Colorado, I wanted to be armed when dealing with my teenager and his phone.”
“My little girl is naturally so curious about everything and, surprisingly, about technology. She sometimes accidentally changes some settings in the phone, so I decided to prevent some other accidental and inappropriate discoveries by installing Pumpic. Cause, you know, an innocent search online can result in really explicit content. So, I block potential harm like links to 18+ sites and games. And besides, I teach her a great deal of time management, restricting how long she plays Angry Birds and watches cartoons. I allow her to doodle as much as she wants, though.”
“My husband got Pumpic and we decided that it needed to be tried and tested before we buy a long-term subscription. Well, I was really astonished by all the options, like monitoring Messenger, Snapchat, and video games. We thought something was wrong with our son. He spent so much time doing homework, but still was doing not so good at school. Well, in fact, he was playing on his phone half the time he said he was studying.”