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Now with so much technology at everyone’s finger tips you might be wondering some hacks to keep technology use safe for our marriage and family. Concerns like what type of content that can be viewed. How much time on devices are appropriate? And can devices give us cancer? Although I don’t know the answer to all these questions I do know a few hacks that we can do to keep our families safe while using technology!
Hacks To Keep Technology Use Safe For Our Marriage & Family:
1. Set Guidelines: This could mean phones don’t go in bedrooms/bathrooms, they charge in a common area, set times for no usage like around dinner or bedtime. This can be done with adults and children both. Decide what guidelines are important and why. Have an open discussion about it and then stick to the guidelines.
2. Use Monitoring Software: I have shared apps that improve your marriage, but did you know there are great apps for monitoring as well? There are several great apps that give you ways to restrict certain usage. Some apps allow you to see what is being done on the phone. Here are two apps we have used and heard good things about.
Our Pact: This app syncs up with multiple devices where one user can control when the internet and apps can be used and for how long. This can enforce no technology time like bedtime and study time. You can also block specific apps all together.
X3 Watch: This app is used in a way that it becomes your search engine instead of Safari. It automatically filters and blocks websites that have inappropriate images and text. It also can be set up to send data to an accountability partner/adults on what sites are being visited. This software can also be used on the computer.
3. Have Check Ins: Implement random check ins where each other phones are looked at. This is a time to check what new apps have been downloaded, glance at who is being texted, what kind of pictures are being taken, etc. Same can be done for computers. This is not a time for heavy investigation, assumptions and blame. But instead a quick check to ensure safe behavior is going on. It also instills the fact that our phones are not private.
I would say all three of these hacks to keep technology use safe for our marriage and family are appropriate to do with children and/or our spouse. We often think of keeping technology safe for our children, but often times we need things in place to keep ourselves and/or our spouse safe too. The key here is starting off with open conversation. Share what we are wanting to create by doing these hacks.
What are other ways you keep technology safe in your house?
Until Next Time- Truly Love,