5 Rules To Teach Teens To Be Responsible Digital Citizens

Rule #1: Set Screen Time Limits

Decide IN ADVANCE how much time your kids get to spend online and stick to it. Set daily time limits by app, platform and category, OR for the day as a whole. CIRCLE will keep track of how long your kids spend on certain platforms, apps, or categories and then shuts it down. (Example: Max of 30-minutes of Minecraft and 30-minutes of Netflix) It tracks time limits across ALL devices, so no more arguing about screen time. Hooray!meetcircle-time-250x436

Rule #2: Inspect What You Expect

Manually sifting through hundreds of your kid’s texts, snaps, messages and web visits is a daunting and thankless task. CIRCLE tracks where they spend their time online so you can stay informed. BTW: I suggest you’re upfront with your kid that you’ll be snooping (after all you want them to be upfront with you right?) “Just so you know…because I am your parent and I care about you – I reserve the right to review your activity.”

Rule #3: Give Their Devices a “Bedtime”

If they go to bed at 10pm, so should their phone. Use CIRCLE to define a time when the devices will temporarily disconnect from the Internet, and a “wake-up” time, for when the devices will reconnect.

Rule #4: Give Freedom Within Limits

Give your kid freedom to explore WITH boundaries to protect. Don’t just “hope” that your kid won’t end up on the unsavory parts of the internet. Use CIRCLE to set individual filters for each kid, to match their age, interests, and what’s appropriate. These filters come defaulted with settings designed for that age group, but can be easily customized.

Rule #5: When Needed PAUSE The Internet

Dinner time? Homework time? Chore time?  Using CIRCLE, you actually get a pause button for the internet. Pause one of your kids because it’s time for homework or because it’s family game night. No more threatening to take devices away.  Just press that pause button.

Look, technology is a frustrating and beautiful vehicle to TEACH kids self-governance.

Technology is neither good nor evil.

It is neutral.  Like wood, or steel, it’s a resource.

It’s a resource that can be used for good or bad. It’s up to the individual.

The newest technologies will frequently change.

BUT you can leverage technology to TEACH your kid boundaries, self-governance, and how to appropriately utilize something without abusing it — THAT is a skill that will serve them their entire life.

Grab yourself a CIRCLE to make your life easier and teach your kid these important lessons.