Unless you have x-ray vision and a superhuman ability to be in two places at once, keeping track of your child’s screen time is downright impossible. But thanks to the just released Super Vision app from PBS KIDS, you now are equipped with superhero powers even Clark Kent would envy. Read on to learn more about this new app that lets you monitor your kid’s screen time remotely and even shut down the computer with a single tap.
What it Does
As a parent your superhero abilities are usually limited to bandaging scraped knees and scaring away monsters under the bed. With the Super Vision app, you now have x-ray vision and the ability to be in two places at once at your fingertips. While your kids are perusing the pbskids.org website, you can monitor in real time their habits and see what they are viewing, playing and learning.
How it Works
Download the free app (it requires iOS 6.0 or later) on your mobile device and enter a custom code that allows you to sync your mobile with your lap or desktop computer. Once you’re set up, you can now get real-time information about what your kids are viewing and playing on pbskids.org’s website, which means you no longer have to be in the same room with your kids to monitor their screen time. In fact, you can be anywhere to check up on their online habits from your workplace to the gym to the next room where you’re making dinner. Fun Perks
For parents who are worried about their kid zoning out for too long in front of the screen, you can set a timer via your mobile device to put pbskids.org to sleep, which will ease your child into the next activity like dinner or outdoor play. The app also provides an activity summary so you can view the top educational skills, shows, videos and games your child used on pbskids.org that day.
And, if you want to take the learning experience a step further beyond the screen, parents can get related activity ideas from PBS Parents that continues the fun and learning. For example, if your child is watching The Cat in the Hat’s episode about Fun in the Sun, you can access activities related to learning about the weather. The activity rundown even provides the age appropriateness of the activity, supplies needed and suggestions for parents on how to get the most out of this exercise. Good to Know:
If you use different browsers each time you access pbskids.org (aka you use Chrome but your partner always uses Safari), you will need to re-sync the devices each time.
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— Erin Lem
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