There’s no denying that smartphones are an essential tool for parents and kids alike. Most parents will say the need them to protect their kids and keep them safe…which is completely understandable. They also make it easier for kids to be entertained, informed, and connected in today’s digital world.

But the startling reality is that today, excessive smartphone use is harming our kids at an alarming rate and it’s time parents take control over not only how much time kids spend on smartphones, but the kind of content and type of people they engage with on their devices. And that’s why OurPact is such an indispensable tool for parents.

With OurPact, you can set schedules to limit smartphone usage, block harmful social media apps and websites, and even get screen shots and alerts of harmful content your kids are engaging in.

How Long Are Your Kids on Their Smartphones every day?

Is it less than 2 hours? Is it more? Do you even know?

If you don’t know, you will be shocked to learn that US doctors, pediatricians and health organizations worldwide have been recommending for years that no kids 17 or under should be on their phones more than 2 hours a day.

Following are the universally recommended screen time allowances for kids.

  • Under 2 years old: Zero screen time, except for video chatting with family or friends
  • 2-5 years old: No more than one hour per day co-viewing with a parent or sibling
  • 5-17 years old: Generally, no more than two hours per day, except for homework

So how much time are kids in the U.S. spending on their smart phones?

The answer is alarming.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the average daily hours by age group:

  • 8-10 years old: Six hours
  • 11-14 years old: Nine hours
  • 15-18 years old: Seven and 1/2 hours

This is over 4 times the recommended daily allowance and it doesn’t even include the time kids spend on screens for schoolwork. So, what can parents do to protect their kids online? The quickest solution is to use a reliable Parental Control App such as OurPact.

The first iPhone was created in 2007, and there is now over 15 years’ worth of data for doctors and psychologists to study on the negative effects smartphone usage is having on kids. The evidence clearly shows that excessive screen time is unquestionably causing health issues for teenagers. There are numerous studies that have linked excessive screen time to a wide array of physical and mental health issues in children including depression, anxiety, obesity, and behavioral issues.

It’s also been linked to sleeping disorders which not only harm them physically, but they also effect their performance in school. Even worse, it also impairs their development of social skills which effects their ability to form healthy relationships with friends and family.

Manual Block & Grant Feature

Block or grant access to internet and apps on your child’s device at any time, from anywhere.

Family Locator Feature

Family locator helps you keep tabs on your child’s location, find a lost device, or coordinate a pickup. Create geofences around specific locations to receive instant alerts when your kids arrive at or leave any location: school, home, or even Grandma’s.

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Allowance doesn’t need to come out of your pocket! Encourage responsibility by having your children budget screen time allowances throughout the day, independently.

The genuine health concerns that smartphones pose for kids is only one part of the critical need for utilizing a parental control app to keep your kids safe online. The degree of online crime against teens raises the urgency even more.

Online Crimes Against Teens Are Rising Exponentially.

If you’re not utilizing a parental control app to protect them, you’re putting your kids at serious risk.

In the last few years alone, online crimes against teens worldwide have increased at an alarming rate. And the majority of the predators target kids through many of the seemingly harmless social media apps that children use today.

If you don’t believe it or are unaware of the problem, just consider these troubling statistics:

  • Half a million internet predators pose a danger to children on a daily basis, according to the FBI, and online predators mostly target children between the ages of 12 and 15.
  • There were 24,299 catfishing cases reported in 2021, according to FBI data, up from 18,493 in 2018. This equates to a 30% increase in the last four years.
  • The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center received over 18,000 sextortion complaints in 2021 with victims losing a combined $13.6 million. More alarming is the fact this number is only a fraction of the real crimes as 66% of victims of sex-related crimes never report the crime to police.
  • Approximately 46% of students ages 13 -17 reported experiencing cyberbullying in their lifetime, according to cyberbullying.org’s 2021 Cyberbullying report.
  • Every day in the U.S., there is an average of over 3,470 suicide attempts by young people in grades 9 through12.

If these statistics aren’t enough to convince you of the dangers of smartphones and social media, just consider this quote from the U.S. Surgeon General:

“At this point, we do not have enough evidence to say with confidence that social media is sufficiently safe for our kids. We have to take action now to make sure that we are protecting our kids.”

 —U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

How are parents supposed to fight this growing epidemic that is threatening our kids today?

The answer is the OurPact app.

These highly disturbing online crime trends are why the OurPact app is an essential tool for parents who are trying to navigate the digital landscape their kids inhabit today. OurPact was initially developed as one of the first screen time management apps in 2015. Today, it is used by millions of families daily to limit excessive screen time and foster a healthy balance between life and technology.

Since that time, the developers have added even more important features such as a GPS family locator tool as well as the new View feature that uses advanced AI technology to take automated periodic or on demand screenshots of children’s devices. This proprietary feature not only gives parents visibility into when their kids are on dangerous social apps like TikTok, Snapchat or Instagram, but it provides valuable insight into the types of content their kids are viewing both in real time and historically, and just as importantly, who they are engaging with online. This combination of security and location tracking make OurPact the ultimate protection for their kids.

View Screenshots Feature

OurPact’s View gives visibility into your child’s online activity via automated periodic, on-demand or a private gallery screenshots, all encrypted for maximum safety.

App Rules Feature

OurPact’s App Rules let you keep tabs on all apps installed on your child’s device. Block specific apps or set different management rules for educational apps, versus distracting social media. After all, not all apps are made equal!

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Not sold on the OurPact app yet? Well, here’s two real life examples of the app keeping kids safe by helping families catch online predators before it was too late. One long-time client found her 14-year-old son the victim of a sextortion scheme by an online predator. Thanks to the View feature, she was able to see the problem as it was happening which allowed her to act before it was too late. Today, the son is extremely grateful that his mom had the OurPact app in place. You can watch her story by clicking here.

Another parent used the View feature to help catch a local religious leader who was “grooming” her 14-year-old son just months after installing it on his device. Even more shocking was the fact that she is a family therapist who continually warns her clients of the threats of online predators. Yet one of these perpetrators still managed to impact her family. Fortunately, she was able to catch him and report him to authorities and protect her young son with no harm done thanks to the OurPact app.

What can parents do to proactively protect their kids and keep them safe online?

The quickest and most effective solution is using the OurPact app to limit or restrict access to harmful social media apps like TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. This industry leading app gives parents the tools and features required to safeguard against dangerous online predators as well as inappropriate content.

Don’t Let Your Child Be a Statistic:

Be Proactive and Try the OurPact App Today for 14 Days.

OurPact is the leading parental control app used by over a million families worldwide. It enables parents to keep their kids safe online by managing their device use and protecting against dangerous internet exposure, social media use and online threats. It also has a premier family locator tool, so you know where your kids are 24/7. It’s the ultimate app solution that gives parents the security and peace-of-mind they want in today’s fast-paced, technology driven world.

One Last Closing Thought on How Technology Execs See Smartphones and the Dangers of Social Media on Kids:

According to a New York Times piece, many of today’s leading technology executives wait until their child is 14 before they even allow them to have a smartphone. While these teenagers can make calls and text, they are not given a data plan until 16. If leaders of digital giants like Google, eBay, Apple and Yahoo are delaying the smartphone then it should give parents cause for concern. Executives that flourish on the success of technology are protecting their children from the smartphone. Shouldn’t parents everywhere not do the same?

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