Tips & Tricks to Finding The Perfect Screen Time Balance

This post was sponsored by Amazon as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Finding the perfect screen time balance can be HARD. I used to be a skeptic of screen time. I didn’t want to be THAT parent that just let their kid watch television or the tablet mindlessly all day long. But as a stay-at-home Mom to a 3 year old, it’s virtually impossible to avoid this all together – especially during Mama sick days or a rough pregnancy, like your truly. 

tips and tricks to finding the perfect screen time balance

When I received the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, I was instantly won over and realized why the Fire Kids Edition is the #1 Kids tablet in the United States. This tablet comes with a kid-proof case and a two-year worry-free warranty guarantee. As a toddler Mom, this is huge! Sometimes it’s hard giving our little one’s technology because we know how it can be broken. While the Fire Kids Edition is pretty durable and not easily broken, sometimes accidents happen. If they break it, you can return it to Amazon and receive a replacement free of charge. 

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Each Fire Kids Edition comes with a FREE one year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which gives access to over 20,000 books, videos, Audible books, educational apps, and games that are age-appropriate. Before I gave the Fire Kids Edition to my daughter, I downloaded learning games, books and added a few of her favorite shows to the Watch List. FreeTime also helps give parents a peace of mind through Parental Controls. These controls are AMAZING and are how we help balance screen time. 

tips and tricks to finding the perfect screen time balance

Set a Time Limit

Since Madison is only three, we like to give her about 45 minutes of screen time after dinner. She doesn’t get it every day and she only gets it if she’s been well behaved and eats all of her dinner. We like to use her Fire Kids Edition as a reward for a job well done. The best part is this reward has learning games that is helping her learn and develop! 

Within the Parental Controls in FreeTime you can actually set time limits! This not only helps us balance the amount of screen time Madison is getting, but it also helps her understand that her screen time is over and it’s time for something else. It’s made the transitional period much easier. 

tips and tricks to finding the perfect screen time balance

Set Parental Controls

We’ve used other tablets before where we could not turn off the web browser settings and Madison would always somehow end up looking at youtube the second we turned away. I love the educational apps and games for her, but was worried she’d come across something she shouldn’t. With the Fire Kids Edition, I was able to set up Parental Controls within FreeTime.. I was able to disable web browser access and set it up so that my daughter could only view what was already on her Fire Kids Edition. 

There are several other praise worthy safety features, like being able to adjust age filters and disable in-app purchasing. It can be very easy to purchase new apps, so I was also able to add a password that must be used when purchasing anything. 

Use the Parent Dashboard

Freetime also has a Screen Time setting that allows you to see what your kids have been up to. I’m able to view what digital content my daughter has been using, adjust time limits and remotely adjust my child’s FreeTime settings. 

As a parent, all of these feature that the Fire Kids Edition and FreeTime offer make me feel much more at ease. I can’t tell you how reassuring it is to know that my daughters safety concerns have been heard and that the Fire Kids Edition has truly put our kids needs first. You can learn more about the Fire Kids Edition by visiting their website

 

 

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  1. Joseph Colasuonno | 4th Feb 19

    Great article Brit!

    • Brittany | 5th Feb 19

      Thanks, Skip!

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