January is the month of the detox. Here at bubble, we’re focussing on weaning ourselves off the internet in order to spend more quality time with the people we love. Here are the three tools we’re using to encourage the whole family (mums & dads included!) to spend less time on their devices and to make some new – real-life – connections. Let the digital detox begin!
Get the kids offline with Kidslox:
Over the Christmas break, many of us were guilty of over-reliance on the ‘i-nanny’, handing the kids a tablet or phone so we could enjoy the festivities (read: wine) in peace. But now it’s time to get back to normality and unstick the kids from their screens. This is where Kidslox come in, giving you the option to restrict access to certain apps, regulate screen time and prohibit in-app purchases, while still allowing you full access when you need it.
Get yourself offline with BreakFree:
Studies show that we check our phones once every 13 minutes on average. With many parents resolving to spend more quality time with their kids this year, it’s the perfect time to give this app a go. In addition to sending you friendly warnings if you have spent too much time on Facebook, it also allows you to disable calls and notifications for certain periods (e.g. dinner time) so you can be 100% present with the family.
Meet new real-life friends with Mush:
If one of your goals for this year is to expand your circle of local parent friends, you need to download Mush. Often described as ‘NCT meets Tinder’, the app is disrupting the way we make new parent friends, and for very good cause, with more and more people speaking out against the isolation of parenthood. It’s really simple to use: you register your details, and Mush matches you with local friends with kids the same age. The only decision you need to make is where to meet!