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A screen management approach that guides parents in setting tasks to reduce children's screen use

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jnikola Apr 21, 2023
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Parents give children tasks. Their screens blur or social media apps stop working until they finish them.
Children spend too much time watching the screens. They develop a habit of scrolling and wasting their time, instead of finishing school-related or other tasks. Current screen time restriction apps and systems let parents passively control their child's time on their phones, without asking for their proactive involvement in their child's obligations and tasks. Children do tasks only because "they have to" in order to get their phones back running.
How does it work?
Phase 1. Sending task. Parents send a task to a child. It could be via a shared app, Whatsapp, or any other message.
Phase 2. Force-accepting task. The child doesn't have another option but to accept the task. The child's phone blocks or the screen blurry, making it impossible for the child to use it until the task is finished (task text stays shown all the time). The task can be a real-world action or a virtual online task. Depending on the type of task, the child's phone could just have restricted access to social media apps.
Phase 3. Marking a task as finished. When the task is done, the parent approves that the task was finished the same way as the task was sent and the child's phone unblocks/unblurry.
Real world scenarios: homework, cleaning, having lunch, school, sleep, etc.
Advantages over the conventional screen-time restriction:
  • parents actively involved in the task giving and task completion processes
  • involvement of parents in their children tasks boosts motivation to complete the task and reduces the likelihood of children finding ways to circumvent or ignore the restrictions
  • a more direct and immediate incentive for children to complete tasks, as they will not be able to use their phone until the task is done
  • more flexibility and customization in terms of the tasks assigned, enabling parents to tailor the approach to their child's specific needs and behaviors
  • can help children develop better time-management, productivity, and responsible behavior skills
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Popover notification to announce the task

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Apr 26, 2023
Great idea. Here's how I imagine it, to make it slightly more friendly:
The child might be doing something that requires saving their work or saying goodbye to their friends, etc. So a pop-over notification shows up on their device to announce the upcoming task in X minutes.
If the child waits for the deadline, the screen becomes unresponsive and the task shows maximized over it until the parent stops it from their device. The child can opt to do the task before the deadline and if the parent approves, the child's device experiences no screen freeze.
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jnikolaa year ago
Very cool! Kids could "prevent" the freezing of their phones by doing their tasks before the due time. It teaches them to do things on time, in advance and prevent unwanted events/consequences.
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