Fortnite, the combat-based video game, is incredibly popular among children and teens. Are your kids caught up in the Fortnite frenzy? Are you scratching your head wondering what it is all about? Would you like some advice on how you can help your kids develop good media habits? Then you need to get in the game—not Fortnite itself but rather the game of monitoring and moderating your child’s gaming habits.
On that note, have you been wondering about parental control options for your kids’ Apple devices? Below are two articles by Common Sense Media to help parents manage their children’s Fortnite and phone/tablet use. Also listed is information about a local Vancouver company that helps families manage home Internet use.
Q: How do I manage screen time for my kids when they're playing Fortnite? A: When each match only takes 20 minutes, it's easy to fall into the trap of "just one more"—sort of how you end up binge-watching an entire season of “Stranger Things.” But you can take advantage of the quick matches by using them as a natural stopping point in gameplay. Some kids benefit from using a timer, limiting themselves to a certain number of matches per day, or using one of these tips for finding a balance between gaming and other activities.
“New in the iOS 12 update is a feature called Screen Time, which lets you see exactly how much time your kids spend on their phones and tablets, the times of day they're most active, and which apps they use the most. You can also set app time limits, filter inappropriate content and schedule "downtime"—basically, shut down the device—whenever you want. (By the way, you can do this for yourself if you need help managing your own device use.)”
Technology Monitoring Takeaway
Be a role model yourself. Keep distractions to a minimum. You probably tell your kids to turn their phones off during homework time. Get rid of the stuff that distracts you, too. Hide your apps so they don't display, set your phone to "do not disturb," and shut down your devices during important family time.
Goodnet.io Internet Management Service
Goodnet.io, a Vancouver company, is pioneering a hardware and customized subscription service to help families manage Internet use at home. Your custom plan is managed by the GoodNet.io router, a small device installed in your home, usually next to the modem from your Internet service provider. The router is included in the subscription and is maintained by GoodNet.io. Another benefit is that you do not need to buy or maintain any equipment or learn any network technology or terminology.
At WPGA, we believe that being better informed as parents helps us to understand, appreciate, and engage in meaningful discussions about what is capturing our children’s attention and time. If you need more ideas on how to initiate family discussions about device usage and screen time, please connect with our counsellors.