iNow - Monitoring and Managing Technology
Below are some guidelines to consider to help monitor technology at home. These are only suggestions and may not apply in all situations. It is important to find what works best for your family.
- Set up a family media agreement. An excellent example is available at Common Sense Media. Your family can discuss these terms and talk about the consequences. There are blank lines in this agreement for any additional rules that would help your family. With the media agreement, the rules, expectations, and consequences for using technology and media are clear ahead of time.
- Set a curfew for technology. Set a turn in time for the student’s iPad/phone each night.
- Do not allow the student to use the iPad for recreational use until all homework is complete. Following the completion of homework, they can use the iPad for other things until curfew time.
- Enforce consequences. If the student does other things on their iPad instead of homework, they may need to pay the price with some poor homework grades to better understand their responsibility.
- Do not allow an iPad or technology in the student’s bedroom. Usage can be monitored much better in household community areas.
- Parents should always be allowed to view the student’s browsing history and app usage. This will assist in holding them accountable to be productive and responsible with screen time. This can be part of the family media agreement. Part of your agreement with your child should be that history never gets cleared by the child.
- Considering using a monitoring app such as Qustodio.
To help eliminate distractions:
- Turn off "Notifications" on the iPad. It could be that a student is easily distracted from homework due to notifications from games, social media, etc. Here is a how-to to "Turn Off Notifications" (note: iOS8 screen looks different but same concept). This "Do Not Disturb" option could also be beneficial.
- Uninstall all social media apps (and any other distracting apps) and then add restrictions to the iPad on installing apps. When you add those restrictions, it asks for a passcode and apps can't be installed without the passcode. http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4213 may help with parental controls.