A start-up company found a complete solution to disconnect young people who are addicted to smartphones. The new DinnerTime app allows parents to block offspring’s smartphones for a certain period of time. The company’s co-founder, Richard Sah, told Reuters: “We want people to get together and start a conversation instead of being distracted by the tablet.”
Install “DinnerTime Parental Control” on the parent’s smartphone or tablet, and then on the child’s smartphone. Once the two devices are linked together, parents can set a break time. During this period, children cannot use their mobile phones to send messages or use apps. The paid option allows you to monitor your child’s activities. Especially the usage time of each application.
Children and teenagers are no longer satisfied with borrowing their parents’ smartphones to play or surf the Internet. They usually have their own mobile phones with applications and Internet access, and even touchpads. In 2013, in the United States, one-third of young people over the age of 12-17 owned a smartphone, while nearly one-quarter owned a tablet. In France, a study published by Ipsos in May last year showed that 8% of children under the age of 6 and 19% of children aged 7-12 were equipped with tablet computers. According to the same study, 10% of people aged 7 to 12 own a smartphone, while among people aged 13 to 19, more than half. So smart devices make children addicted to the online world, and mobile cell phone jammer can prevent mobile phones from accessing the Internet.
So far, parental controls on smartphones have basically been about preventing children from encountering objectionable content. Windows Phone allows more than two years to create a sub-account on the phone. It allows parents to choose applications that their offspring can download and use. Famigo company released an app in 2010, which provides a list of safety utilities for children (games, videos, audiobooks).
On the other hand, Apple has come under fire for its in-app purchases. Some unsupervised children increased their purchases, which surprised parents who received astronomical bills. The company responded because if there are multiple iTunes accounts linked to the same bank card, every purchase of the child must be verified by the parent.
Some manufacturers go further. In January of this year, at the Consumer Electronics Show at a major electronics exhibition in Las Vegas, manufacturer Kurio showed off a smartphone designed for the youngest parents to watch. These can be extended to select a list of contacts to which the child can send messages. Kurio is already the origin of many children’s tablets.
These applications and tools cannot solve all problems. This type of pathology expert psychologist Kimberly Young told Reuters: “In treating Internet addiction, I don’t think apps are better than parental authority.” Not to mention smart kids, usually better than parents. More comfortable, they will quickly find the parade of all these apps.