Want to limit your tween's smartphone use this summer? There's an app for that Re-shared from the Chicago Tribune| ⠀ ⠀ Nara Nayar has a modern-day superpower: She can shut down apps on her 12-year-old son’s phone remotely, without arguing or cajoling.⠀ Nayar and her husband, who live in Oak Park, have turned to one of the many popular apps that allow parents to set time limits for their kids’ smartphone use and block distractions, including games and social media apps like Snapchat. / “We didn’t want a lot of the things that come with the smartphone, like the potential for gaming and endless YouTube rabbit holes,” said Nayar. “This makes so much sense.”⠀ For many parents of tweens, summer is a time of heightened concern about smartphone bingeing. So we asked experts about the pluses and minuses of popular apps and parental control options that allow parents to set time limits [...] / He recommends asking your children about their vision for the summer: “What are their goals? What do they want to do? Do they want to go outside and catch tortoises and toads? Play with their friends?” [...] / Apps and parental controls such as OurPact, Kidslox and Google Family Link, with costs ranging from free to about $50 a year, can shut down your kid’s phone at a scheduled bedtime. You can set a limit of, say, two hours of phone use a day, after which all apps (including internet and texting) are automatically blocked. And you can add additional time with a touch of your phone screen.⠀ ⠀ The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents of tweens place consistent limits on the hours per day that smartphones and other media are used. Parents should discourage media entertainment during homework, set up media-free zones such as the dinner table, and serve as positive role models, according to the AAP, which offers the option of setting up a customized Family Media Plan.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #family #apps #screentime #screen #phone #tablet #limitscreentime #tween #familytime #aap #yakpedsnp #yakima #yakimavalley #washington #pnw #kidshealth #healthykids #kidshealth #arnp #np #nursepractitioner

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Making SMART goals is a great way to make sure you’ll be successful in keeping healthy habits for you and your family! ⠀ ⠀ It’s an acronym that you use as a guide to make goals. Here’s a way of making a goal a SMART goal. ⠀ ⠀ If your child plays video games for 3 hours a day after school, you may tell yourself that they need to quit cold turkey. Try instead replacing 30 minutes of video game time with walking outside with mom or dad every other day for one week.⠀ ⠀ Or instead of “I’m going to go to the gym every day,” try “I’m going to the gym for at least 20 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursday this week with my child/sibling/partner/best friend.”⠀ ⠀ Tips for success:⠀ -Try making your goals with a family member. Families, especially parents and their children, that make goals together are more likely to be successful in achieving those goals.⠀ -Write your goals down and put them in places that you’ll see them (like on the refrigerator or on your bathroom mirror).⠀ -Check in weekly and see how you did with your goal. If you accomplished it, awesome! Expand your goal a bit (go for a 45 minute walk instead of 30 or go to the gym three days a week instead of two!). If you didn’t do as well as you hoped, no worries! It may have been a tad ambitious so see if you can make it more attainable the second go around!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #SMART #SMARTgoals #health #healthyhabits #success #familyhealth #achieve #accountability #yakpedsnp #yakima #nursepractitioner #pnw #washington #yakimavalley #np #arnp #healthykids #kidshealth #pediatrics #peds #healthychildren #children #healthcare #goal #healthgoals

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