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Summer can be a challenging time for many parents because many of us are trying to find ways to entertain our kids, and a device with endless games and content is a tempting form of entertainment.
For this week we wanted to switch gears a bit and focus on what’s happening in the news. Recently, new parental controls have been introduced and rolled out for iOS and Android devices to assist parents in monitoring their child’s time spent on a device.
Highlights of these new parental controls include restricting access to specific apps and features offered on the top device platforms. These restrictions include third-party app purchases, in-app purchases, access to certain websites, and allowing for changes to privacy settings to name a few.
This is where we would love to hear from our fellow parents!
It is apparent that outright prohibiting devices isn't a viable solution for most modern families, so at the Mazu Family we want to listen to the thoughts of others on these new parental controls that are intended to help us, the parents, out.
I believe as parents we should have control over what our kids do and see online, which is why our company installed parental controls in place since day 1, but not all sites and apps have the same philosophy.
Of course, not all digital is terrible, we are conversing in a digital realm right now. Online spaces can actually be very positive spaces and outlets for young people to be themselves and receive support from their peers. As parents, we are the bus drivers on this journey.
Remember, we are all in this together. So, with that in mind fellow brothers and sisters, what are your thoughts on the new updates, or on tech in general?
Do you believe that these features will help you and your family curb the time spent on their devices? Or create a safer experience for our children?
We live in an intensely connected world in which we interact with technology in a very personal/direct way. Our company believes that the type of content should be consciously designed for the kind of mindful engagement that a child needs, and we hope that belief spreads to other digital creators, parents, teachers or anyone else that has an influence over our most precious resource; our children.
If you are seeking advice in the world of tech and how it affects you and your family, we encourage you to send an email to Askada@mazufamily.com, and we will do our best to provide practical, insightful advice.
Janice Taylor is a social entrepreneur, mother, speaker, author and online safety advocate. Her credo of compassion, community, and caring drives the vision of her company Mazu, a safe and fun online platform for families. Mazu gives parents a place to communicate, play and connect with their children in a safe engagement environment.