These Unique, Fun Tech-Free Activities Guarantee to Keep Your Kids Busy & Learning During Lockdown

These days, kids are spending a LOT of time in front of screens. When they aren’t e-learning, they are FaceTiming with friends, playing games online, watching Netflix, or filming TikTok videos.

Ensuring time away from tech is essential, especially for younger kids. Some benefits include:

  • Eye health. Screens emit a blue light that wears out our eyes and can throw off circadian sleep patterns. Simply put: looking at screens all day, every day is horrible for our eyes, especially for kids!

An Infographic for Digital Parents in the Age of Coronavirus

After years of hearing study after study about the negative effects of excessive screen time, parents are now being told to set aside any concerns about limiting device time.

If you’re confused, you aren’t alone.

Life as we know it has taken a 180 — relaxing your screen time rules is an inevitability. With most kids transitioning to e-learning, and stay-at-home orders keeping families stuck at home, screens have proven not just useful, but essential. Even still, the importance of establishing consistent and clear structure around mobile device use is as important as ever.

We’re cutting through the noise to share an infographic including the latest research on screen time in the age of COVID, expert advice, and specific tips for parenting tech through this crisis.


Digital Learning Platforms and Unplugged STEM Activities to Keep Your Kids Engaged (And Busy) Through School Closures

Parents around the world are adjusting to a new and alarming reality.

With schools closed, uncertainty looming, and no clear timeline on when life will return to normal, parents everywhere are left to assume multiple roles: employee, parent, caretaker, and teacher. Without clear directions or previous experience to draw on, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed.

In an effort to help families navigate this challenging time (sans Frozen 2 on loop!) our team has compiled an extensive list of high-quality, educator-approved online-ed resources and unplugged STEM activities to keep your kids learning — and busy — for the foreseeable future. 😉

Digital Learning Platforms 🧠

These online resources were developed to create engaging learning experiences for kids…


A Psychotherapist Shares Digital Parenting Insights and Tips for Toddlers (Under 3 Years Old)

How early is ‘too early’ for screen time? Can technology help my infant learn?

These are common questions for parents of young toddlers, but unfortunately, the answers aren’t always so simple. This guide aims to provide tips and guidance for managing toddlers’ early relationships with mobile technology.

According to a journal released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), screen time for toddlers under the age of 3 is not advised but can be appropriate in small, supervised doses. For infants younger than 18 months? Screen time should be avoided, altogether.

A key reason cited is that personal interactions are essential to the healthy cognitive development in these important formative years, and — not…


4 Tips for Parents Using OurPact, From a Family Therapist

Kids aged 5–16 spend an average of 6.5 hours on screen time a day (Childwise 2015).

Many disagreements are centered around getting your child off their devices at home, during school hours, and family time.

The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that the overuse of screens can increase the risk of sleep difficulties, cyberbullying, disengagement from “real life” relationships, and can even contribute to negative school performance. By now, we know that the overstimulation of the brain by excessive screen time impacts children’s ability to focus, stay on task, and even sleep.

According to a 2013 report by Common Sense Media, children 8 and under spent 4% of their day on screen time. …


With teens spending an average of 4.5 hours per day on their phones, it’s no wonder parents are worried if all the scrolling, snapping, and texting is affecting teens’ brain development, learning, and mental health. Such high rates of technological use beg the question of whether technology can ever be good for learning.

The answer — surprisingly — is yes.

The reality is that technology is very good at capturing and keeping kids’ and teens’ attention. The challenge is to use technology to capture their attention in a way that’s actually beneficial and gives them transferable skills.

To learn more…


Apple Has Reinstated OurPact & OurPact Jr. to the iOS App Store.

We’re excited to announce that OurPact and OurPact Jr. are available again for iOS installation!

During a revision to the App Store guidelines, Apple removed all iOS screen time management solutions from the App Store. Yesterday, Apple’s Review Board reinstated our parent and child apps for installation — with no product or feature limitations — confirming OurPact’s adherence to Apple’s strict standards for quality and security.

Offering the very best screen time solution for parents has been our mission for years, with a special focus on iOS. We are so happy to be available again for the iOS families we know need us most!

From the entire OurPact team, we want to thank our community…


Apple Removed OurPact From the App Store. Here’s What You Need to Know.

On Saturday, April 27th, The New York Times exposed Apple’s systematic removal of screen time applications from the App Store.

Other major publications quickly picked up the story, leading Apple to share a public statement claiming these removals are justified on the grounds that parental control apps using MDM “put users’ privacy and security at risk.” An email from Phil Shiller, SVP Worldwide Marketing, also stated Apple’s position that these apps pose a risk to privacy.

Unfortunately, Apple’s statement is misleading and prevents a constructive conversation around the future of parental controls on iOS.

We want to take the opportunity…


An Illustrated Guide to Using OurPact’s Screen Time Allowance

How would you feel if we told you allowance doesn’t need to come out of your wallet anymore?

Lucky for you, it doesn’t. 😉

One of OurPact’s most popular features is what we call the Screen Time Allowance, allowing parents to establish daily screen time limits for kids and teens to budget independently throughout the day.

This means hands-off management for you, more responsibility for your children, and free incentives at-a-touch. Talk about a win-win-win.

OurPact allows you to manage access and change allowance times on the go — stay in control, at any time and from anywhere.

What is OurPact’s Screen Time Allowance?

Screen Time Allowance is an OurPact Premium feature that allows parents to define a daily screen time limit, which kids and teens then manage independently.

Allowance is a great way to encourage kids to become conscious participants in their screen time habits, while…


Have a tween or teen on social media? This article is a must-read.

So, your t(w)een has gone social.

You didn’t grow up with Instagram, Snapchat, or YouTube (…let alone a bonafide internet connection). You definitely have questions, and probably some concerns.

Knowing how (and when) to navigate sensitive conversations around screen time, privacy, and social media with kids, tweens and teenagers is so, so important… But it also can leave a lot of parents feeling confused and, well… A bit overwhelmed. 😰

That’s why we reached out to Ana Homayoun — renowned digital parenting expert and author of the newly released Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World.

In this interview, we…

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