This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TOPs Balance for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Aside from the summer slide, one of the things that I am worried about this summer is too much screen time. Summer is the time for climbing trees, reading a book in the yard, and swimming! But it’s too easy to hand the kids a device and they are out of your for an hour or two. But a rapidly growing trend of cell phone addiction has been identified, and parents find themselves surrendering with no solution. If this is something you worry about too, I have the answer!
TOPs Balance has responded to this problem by reimagining a mobile device as a powerful and effortless knowledge delivery system that directly balances their overuse with knowledge. TOPs Balance stands for Task Oriented Passwords. Ok but what does it all mean?
Whenever the user reaches for a device, TOPs delivers a “Knowledge Burst”—a 10-second infusion of grade-specific educational content—prior to launching the users’ home screen. Material ranges from moments in history to vocabulary and science, all combined with dramatic imagery and drawn from partnerships with content leaders such as Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam Webster and Getty Images. The iOS version of TOPs also features an “audio read” function. Parents and users first customize the intensity of learning by selecting either optional or mandatory delivery of Knowledge Bursts. Then, users are prompted with Knowledge Bursts at every device unlock, thereby balancing their mobile device overuse.
There are two ways you can deliver this to your kids.
- The optional delivery method (low intensity) gives the user a unique prompt or persuasive option for a 10-second Knowledge Burst at every unlock screen.
- The mandatory delivery method (high intensity) is a more dedicated balance strategy and requires the completion of a 10-second Knowledge Burst at every unlock prior to gaining access to the home screen.
You can also check to see how much time your child is on their device! This also helps kids understand when we tell them that they have been on their devices too long. They can see how many minutes/hours they have already used. When it’s been too long, it’s time to find something else to do! And if they need help finding something, I have a list of 101 things for them to do this summer.
If you are worried about your child and technology addiction, the TOPs Balance app will help you limit their screen time. The app is available in both the App Store and the Google Play Store for $4.99. As an introductory offer, the app will be available for just $2.99.