As my boys get older, we’ve tried as a family to come up with a “screen time” system for them. I don’t want to be a crazy mom that never allows their kids any screen time, and of course there are always exceptions and desperate times that call for desperate measures, but for the most part I want screen time expectations to be set and I want to encourage other activities that are away from the computer. Also I want to make sure that I’m around during their time on the computer so I can check on what they’re playing or watching.
They do quiet time every day for an hour and a half to two hours in the afternoon while I’m working and the baby is napping, and have to be in their room during this time, so they usually play legos, read, color or draw, and listen to books on CD.
At 5:00, I’m usually done with work and start making dinner, and this is the time they get “screen time” for one hour. We ask them to do at least 20 minutes of educational media — coding (we love studio.code.org), Starfall.com, Jiji Math, or Typing Instructor, and then their last 40 minutes can be whatever they’d like.
They usually play games or watch short videos on lego.com, but sometimes they ask to play on other websites they’ve heard about from friends or have played in computer lab at school. We always check out the sites together before letting them play, and they’re in the same room as me playing as I cook dinner, but I still get nervous about playing on the internet.
So I was really excited to learn about Sophos Home. It’s a free online security system that protects against malware and viruses, and blocks unwanted content or downloads, and in thirty seconds I was set up and able to start protecting our computers and my family.
Obviously the safety of my kids, especially when it comes to the internet, is a huge priority for me as a mom of sweet, innocent boys. So I’m incredibly grateful for any extra protection I can get, especially if it’s free.
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