How to create downtime for kids

Our Australian Cotton Quilt offers a soft, light and airy all-natural cotton bedding option for warmer climates and hot sleepers. We also use the finest washable Australian cotton fill for easy care.

Features:

-2 Star Warmth Rating
-Natural
-Light weight feel
-Suitable for hot sleepers
-Low loft look
-5 year warranty

Is this quilt for me?

YES if you:

– Are a hot sleeper or live in a warm climate
– Love the low-loft look
– Are on a budget
– Love the convenience of machine washing
– Are looking for a breezy light quilt
– Prefer natural materials

Product Care:

Gentle machine wash.
Line or tumble dry on low.

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Material:

Casing: 250TC Australian Cotton
Filling: Australian Cotton
GSM: 300

Product Care:

Gentle machine wash.
Line or tumble dry on low.

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Returns

We hope you love your new purchase, but on the off chance that you don’t, here’s what you need to know.

We’ve now extended our returns policy, so if you’ve changed your mind, unwashed or unused items in their original packaging may be refunded within:

– 90 days of purchase for Linen Lovers members and within
– 60 days of purchase for non-Linen Lovers members

Quilts, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, pillows and pillow protectors are unfortunately not eligible for returns due to health regulations. For more information on items that are not eligible for returns, or returning an online or in-store purchase, please click here.

NOTE: If the item is faulty, it is of course exempt from the above criteria. Please call our Customer Service Team on 1300 783 005 to arrange your return. You can see the full returns policy here.

Returning an Oversized Item

We do accept returns, however, oversized items cannot be returned via Australia Post or to Adairs stores. Please call our Customer Service team on 1300 783 005 to arrange delivery back to Adairs.

Please keep in mind that shipping fees are non-refundable and there may be a fee charged for the cost of delivery back to Adairs.

NOTE: If the item is faulty, it is of course exempt from the above criteria. Please call our Customer Service Team on 1300 783 005 to arrange your return. You can see the full returns policy here.

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With bamboo casing and bamboo blend filling, this construction provides the perfect combination of comfort and breathability. Bamboo fibres are breathable, hypoallergenic, antibacterial and helps naturally regulate body temperature, perfect for year-round sleeping and allergy sufferers. Bamboo is a natural fibre with many benefits.

Features

– 300TC Bamboo cotton sateen casing and bamboo polyester filling
– Provides moderate warmth
– The perfect combination of comfort & breathability when you sleep
– Hypoallergenic & antibacterial properties
– Helps to naturally regulate body temperature
-Machine Washable
-5 Year Guarantee.

Is this quilt for me?

YES if you:

-Want to invest in an all-season quilt
-Are on a budget
-Love the convenience of machine washing
-Are an allergy or asthma sufferer
-Prefer natural materials

Product Care:

Air well before use.
Fluff up and air frequently to restore loft.
Dry Clean 60+ recommended.
May be warm machine washed (large laundrette machine recommended) or hand wash separately.
Do not bleach, soak or wring.
Dry thoroughly without delay.
Line dry in shade, consistently turning.
Once almost dry, may be tumble dried warm for complete dryness.

Product Code:

Material:

Casing: 300TC Bamboo Cotton Sateen
Filling: Bamboo Polyester
GSM: 250

Product Care:

Air well before use.
Fluff up and air frequently to restore loft.
Dry Clean 60+ recommended.
May be warm machine washed (large laundrette machine recommended) or hand wash separately.
Do not bleach, soak or wring.
Dry thoroughly without delay.
Line dry in shade, consistently turning.
Once almost dry, may be tumble dried warm for complete dryness.

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Returns

We hope you love your new purchase, but on the off chance that you don’t, here’s what you need to know.

We’ve now extended our returns policy, so if you’ve changed your mind, unwashed or unused items in their original packaging may be refunded within:

– 90 days of purchase for Linen Lovers members and within
– 60 days of purchase for non-Linen Lovers members

Quilts, mattress toppers, mattress protectors, pillows and pillow protectors are unfortunately not eligible for returns due to health regulations. For more information on items that are not eligible for returns, or returning an online or in-store purchase, please click here.

NOTE: If the item is faulty, it is of course exempt from the above criteria. Please call our Customer Service Team on 1300 783 005 to arrange your return. You can see the full returns policy here.

Returning an Oversized Item

We do accept returns, however, oversized items cannot be returned via Australia Post or to Adairs stores. Please call our Customer Service team on 1300 783 005 to arrange delivery back to Adairs.

Please keep in mind that shipping fees are non-refundable and there may be a fee charged for the cost of delivery back to Adairs.

NOTE: If the item is faulty, it is of course exempt from the above criteria. Please call our Customer Service Team on 1300 783 005 to arrange your return. You can see the full returns policy here.

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These Grinch activities for kids are perfect for a holiday movie night and for play dates. Discover crafts, activities, and snacks for your festivities!

In honor of the new Grinch movie, which my daughter says is so good, I’ve rounded up some great Grinch-themed activities for you to add to your preschool Christmas activities!

Try a new craft or activity. Whip up a tasty Grinch-themed snack. Most of all, have fun making memories with your favorite little people!

How to create downtime for kids

The Grinch Activities

All of the Grinch activities for kids are perfect for a family movie night or a holiday-themed play date. Kids of all ages will enjoy the activities featured below.

Hands-On Grinch Activities for Kids

Kids will love mixing up a big batch of Easy Grinch Slime for Kids. Follow this simple tutorial, and take a moment to learn the science behind slime. Little Bins for Little Hands

This Grinch Heart Sensory Bag is a fun way to explore and sort by size with a Grinchy theme. Rainy Day Mum

This simple Grinch Slime Jar combines an easy slime recipe with a unique storage container for the full Grinch effect! The Best Ideas for Kids

A big batch of Grinch Playdough is a great alternative for kids who aren’t into the goopiness of slime. Natural Beach Living

Kids will have a blast stretching and manipulating some How the Grinch Stole Christmas Slime as they watch the Grinch movie or listen to you read the story. Schooling a Monkey

No Cook Edible Grinch Playdough is perfect for kids who still like to put things in their mouth. Kimspired DIY

Your family can try a Grinch STEM activity and stack as many presents as will fit on the Grinch’s sled! Lemon Lime Adventures

Try out this counting activity which was inspired by the Grinch’s heart being 3 sizes too small and is a fun way to practice guessing, logic, and counting. A Little Pinch of Perfect

Here’s a classic balloon science experiment , with a Christmas-sy twist to get a fun Grow the Grinch’s Heart Science Experiment. Creative Family Fun

Preschoolers will love this Grinch Heart Science Experiment! It’s a great hands-on, candy science experiment that is perfect for Christmas. Rainy Day Mum

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Printables

Use this simple Grinch coloring page to turn your child into the Grinch. Homebound but Hopeful

These How the Grinch Stole Christmas Printables are great for little hands. 3 Boys and a Dog

Grinch Crafts

Your child will love learning how to make this Grinch handprint craft for Christmas! Simple Everyday Mom

This Easy Grinch Ornament for Toddlers really is easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make! Rainy Day Mum

Encourage your preschoolers to try a new craft with this Needle Felted Green Heart Grinch Craft. This one requires close adult supervision, but kids will be so proud of the outcome. Rainy Day Mum

An Easy Grinch Popsicle Stick Craft is the perfect follow-up to watching the movie or reading the book with your toddlers and preschoolers. Rainy Day Mum

Create this easy paper plate Grinch craft with a little parent prep work. Simple Everyday Mom

Use simple supplies to make a paper plate Grinch’s heart craft . Non Toy Gifts

Learn math and science when making salt dough grinch ornaments for your Christmas tree. Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Recycle a toilet paper tube for a fun grinch decoration to paint and decorate. Crafts by Courtney

This homemade ornament craft for kids is perfect to make after reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas book. Buggy and Buddy

Create a Grinch ornament using recycled plastic spoons, pom-poms and paper. The Joy of Sharing

This salt dough Grinch fingerprint ornament is easy to make and what a lovely keepsake! Teach Me Mommy

Craft this candy-filled Grinch ornament that is perfect for your tree, as holiday decor or even as a unique holiday treat! Bullocks Buzz

Paint some wood slices to create homemade Grinch decorations or ornaments. Learning and Exploring through Play

How to create downtime for kids

Grinch Day Snacks

Try out this healthy but delicious Grinch Smoothie Recipe. Rainy Day Mum

Start a new holiday tradition when you and the kids whip up a batch of these tasty Grinch Pretzel Treats. Natural Beach Living

With just three ingredients, you can make a batch of Grinch Popcorn in no time! Recipes from a Pantry

These Grinch Christmas Cake Pops are festive and relatively easy to make. They’re sure to be a hit at your holiday gatherings this year. Natural Beach Living

Your veggie-loving preschoolers will ask for seconds and thirds when you serve up these Healthy Grinch Snacks. Natural Beach Living

This Glorious Green Grinch Freakshake combines dessert and drinks in one extreme milkshake treat! Rainy Day Mum

Turn your favorite sugar cookies into Grinch Sugar Cookies with this step-by-step tutorial. The Awesome Muse

I bet these Grinch Cookie Dough Bites area as tasty as they are pretty! I want to try these with my daughter this year. Nerdy Mamma

Celebrate Grinch Day with some Grinch Heart Sandwich Cookies. These Grinch-inspired pistachio shortbread cookies with red heart cutouts are so festive. Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

Get the kids involved in making a batch of these Grinch Cookies for Kids to Decorate. Start with some Nutter Butters and go from there! Rainy Day Mum

Even the Grinch will have to admit how tasty these Grinch Mint Chip Cookies are! A Magical Mess

With Screen Time, you can access real-time reports showing how much time you’ve spent on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can also set limits for what you want to manage.

How to create downtime for kids

Screen Time lets you know how much time you and your kids spend on apps, websites and more. This way, you can make more informed decisions about how you use your devices, and set limits if you’d like to. Find out how to use parental controls to manage a child’s device.

Turn on Screen Time

  1. Go to Settings > Screen Time.
  2. Tap Turn On Screen Time.
  3. Tap Continue.
  4. Select This is My [device] or This is My Child’s [device].

When you turn on Screen Time, you’ll see a report showing how you’ve used your device, apps and websites. If it’s your child’s device, you can set up Screen Time and create settings on their device, or you can use Family Sharing to configure your child’s device from your device. After you’ve set up your child’s device, you can also use Family Sharing to see reports and adjust settings from your device.

With Screen Time, you can also create a dedicated passcode to secure settings, so only you can extend time or make changes. Make sure you choose a passcode that’s different from the passcode you use to unlock your device. To change or turn off the passcode on your child’s device, go to Settings > Screen Time and tap your child’s name. Then tap Change Screen Time Passcode or Turn Off Screen Time Passcode and authenticate the change with Face ID, Touch ID or your device passcode.

Set a Screen Time passcode

You can set a passcode so only you can change Screen Time settings and allow more time when app limits have expired. Use this feature to set content and privacy limitations for your child’s device. The steps to set up a Screen Time passcode depend on whether you’re using Family Sharing.

If you’re using Family Sharing to manage a child account

  1. Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.
  2. Scroll down and choose your child’s name under Family.
  3. Tap Turn on Screen Time, then tap Continue.
  4. Set up Downtime, App Limits and Content & Privacy with the limits you want for your child, or tap Not Now.
  5. Tap Use Screen Time Passcode, then enter a passcode when prompted. Re-enter the passcode to confirm.
  6. Enter your Apple ID and password. This can be used to reset your Screen Time passcode if you forget it.

If you’re not using Family Sharing to manage a child account

  1. Make sure you’re on the device used by the child.
  2. Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.
  3. Tap Turn on Screen Time, then tap Continue.
  4. Tap This is My Child’s [device].
  5. Set up Downtime, App Limits and Content & Privacy with the limits you want for your child, or tap Not Now.
  6. Tap Use Screen Time Passcode, then enter a passcode when prompted. Re-enter the passcode to confirm.
  7. Enter your Apple ID and password. This can be used to reset your Screen Time passcode if you forget it.

How to create downtime for kids

See your report and set limits

Screen Time will give you a report showing how your device is being used, apps you’ve opened and websites you’ve visited. To see the report, go to Settings > Screen Time and tap See All Activity under the graph. From there, you can see your usage, set limits for your most used apps and see how many times a device was picked up or received a notification.

If you’ve turned on Share Across Devices, you can view overall usage across devices that are signed in with your Apple ID and password.

Manage Screen Time settings

Go to Settings > Screen Time. Then tap See All Activity, select a category in the list below and set limits. You can manage these settings with Screen Time:

Downtime

When you schedule downtime in Settings, only phone calls and apps that you choose to allow are available. Downtime applies to all of your Screen Time-enabled devices, and you’ll receive a reminder five minutes before it starts. If you’ve set a Screen Time passcode, Downtime will include an additional setting: Block At Downtime. When you choose this setting and click Ask For More Time when Downtime starts, entering the passcode will allow you to approve the app for 15 minutes, an hour or all day. Child accounts can click One More Minute once, or click Ask For More Time to send their request to the parent account for approval.

App Limits

You can set daily limits for app categories with App Limits. For example, you might want to see productivity apps while you’re at work, but not social networking or games. App Limits are refreshed every day at midnight, and you can delete them at any time.

Communication Limits

Control who your children can communicate with throughout the day and during downtime. These limits apply to Phone, FaceTime, Messages and iCloud contacts. This is also where you can decide and manage which contacts are available on an Apple Watch paired through Family Setup. Communication to known emergency numbers identified by your iPhone or Apple Watch mobile network provider is always allowed. You need to have your iCloud contacts enabled to use this feature.

Always Allowed

You may want to access certain apps, even if it’s during Downtime or if you’ve set the All Apps & Categories app limit. Phone, Messages, FaceTime and Maps are always allowed by default, but you can remove them if you want.

Content & Privacy Restrictions

You decide the type of content that appears on your device. Block inappropriate content, purchases and downloads, and set your privacy settings with Content & Privacy Restrictions.

How to create downtime for kids

When the weather is nice, it should be easy to get your kids to go outside to play. Right? But kids can be surprisingly reluctant to skip out the door for playtime. It hasn’t always been like this!

Many kids in the upcoming generation are replacing outdoor play with indoor, sedentary activities like iPad games, texting, or social media. They’re also more involved in knowledge-based downtime like homework and studying than kids from past generations.

How Do Kids Benefit From Outdoor Play?

Studies have shown that kids who spend more time outside might be happier and more relaxed. Time outdoors can even improve short-term memory, concentration and cognitive skills. (It’s almost like nature makes us smarter… amazing!)

It’s Up to Us To Facilitate Outdoor Play

There’s a REAL need for active, outdoor play. Now more than ever. The more outdoor activities you can encourage and facilitate for your kids, the more they’ll reap the physical and emotional benefits of such play. Creating outdoor experiences for the entire family is a great place to start!

There are actually lots of fun, simple, and creative ways to help your kids get outside–ones that don’t cost a lot of money, time, or planning. We’re sharing 31 of them below. Try one today!

Engaging, hands-on activities exploring bees for kids! Kids will love learning about honey bees with these fun facts and hands-on activities.

Bees are important in the process of plant pollination. They help flowers grow and produce flowers and fruits.

How to create downtime for kids

So, it’s important to teach our kids how important they are. We can do that by teaching them all about bees. These hands-on bee activities will help you do just that.

Hands-On Bees for Kids

Whip up a batch of homemade playdough (or grab some from your closet), and let your kids make some playdough bumblebees to act out their favorite bee stories.

This pollination science experiment is a great hands-on way to show children how bees collect and disperse pollen from plant to plant.

Transferring “honey” to the “honeycomb” is a great way for kids to work on fine motor skills while mimicking the activities of bees.

Your kids can be an active part of saving the bees when they create a mason bee habitat to hang outside.

This bumble bee kids snack is perfect for sharing at class parties, sports practice, or just an afternoon at home.

Teach your tots and preschoolers one or more of these bumblebee songs and chants. They’ll go great with any of thebee activities you’ve got planned.

Your kids won’t be able to resist pretending to harvest their own bee nectar. This activity is easy to set up, and it will really pique your kids’ interest.

If your kids really get into bees, they may beg for a bee-themed birthday party! Here are a few great ideas to help you set that up.

Teach your kids about the life cycle of a honey bee with one or more of these activities.

Preschoolers will build their fine motor skills with this DIY bee and flower game.

Your budding artist will enjoy learning how to draw a bee with this step-by-step tutorial.

This beehive sensory bin is a fun fine motor and counting activity for preschoolers.

Make a batch of honey playdough that’s super soft and smells delicious!

This bee pollen counting activity will be a hit with your preschoolers, and it’ll help them practice math and counting skills.

This pretend play beekeeping is perfect for your preschool honey bee studies.

How to create downtime for kids

This 3D bee anatomy board is perfect for teaching preschoolers about types of bees and parts of honey bees.

This pollen transfer fine motor activity will help preschoolers understand pollination and work on fine motor skills.

This colorful Bee Facts for Kids infographic will help preschoolers learn more about bees.

Children can learn all about bees and the important job they do for us when you set up this Bee Tuff Tray invitation to play.

With all the fun bees for kids activities here, which one will you choose first?

PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT BEES

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Bee & Me – A little girl befriends a bee that takes her on a journey of discovery, revealing an action that every child can take to aid in conservation.

The Honeybee Man – Every morning, Fred climbs three flights of stairs—up to his rooftop in Brooklyn, New York—and greets the members of his enormous family: “Good morning, my bees, my darlings!” His honeybee workers are busy—they tend the hive, feed babies, and make wax rooms. They also forage in flowers abloom across Brooklyn… so that, one day, Fred can make his famous honey, something the entire neighborhood looks forward to tasting.

The Life and Times of the Honeybee – Why do beekeepers use smoke machines when collecting honey? Can a bee really sting only once? Why do bees “dance”? In concise, detailed text and abundant illustrations that range from the humorous to the scientific, Charles Micucci offers a wide-ranging and spirited introduction to the life cycle, social organization, and history of one of the world’s most useful insects.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, schools and childcare providers across the country have ceased operations, leaving many parents wondering just what the hell to do with their kids all day long. This would be a challenge under normal circumstances, but it’s even more difficult now that the usual go-tos—parks, playgrounds and playdates—are out of the picture. Add in the fact that so many of us are juggling childcare with working from home and days can quickly spiral into chaos.

So what can you do to reign in the mayhem? Create a daily schedule for kids to help give them some structure. “Young children get comfort and security from a predictable routine,” Bright Horizons’ vice president of education and development Rachel Robertson tells us. “Routines and schedules help us all when we know generally what to expect, what happens next and what is expected of us.”

But before you roll your eyes at another color-coded, Insta-COVID-perfect schedule that accounts for every minute of your mini’s day (including a back-up plan for inclement weather), keep in mind that these are sample schedules created by real moms. Use them as a starting point to plan an itinerary that works for your family. And remember that flexibility is key. (Toddler on a nap strike? Move on to the next activity. Your son misses his friends and wants to FaceTime with them instead of doing crafts? Give the kid a break.) “Your schedule doesn’t have to be rigid, but it should be consistent and predictable,” says Robertson.

How to create downtime for kids

Use Net Nanny ® to limit screen time and manage your family’s online activity.

Managing screen time can be an uphill battle, but with Net Nanny ® , parents can take back control of the Internet and limit screen time for their kids. Using our parental control software, you can help your family balance screen time and downtime by scheduling the hours of the day they can access the Internet.

Learn how you can block pornography for Windows, Kindle Fire, Android and iOS devices with Net Nanny’s Family Protection Pass.

Why You Should Limit Screen Time for Kids

According to the American Heart Association, kids spend over 8 hours each day online – that’s half of their time awake. Children are spending more and more time online with every aspect of their lives becoming connected and tied to a screen. From homework research to extracurricular activities and time spent online interacting with peers and friends, kids are racking up multiple hours each day of Internet and device use.

Using Net Nanny ® parental controls, you can manage your child’s daily screen time and create schedules or curfews for when your kids are on their devices and use the Internet.

Spending too much time in front of screens, and not enough time being active, can lead to:

  • Childhood obesity
  • Psychological problems
  • Troubles in school
  • Attention problems
  • Eating and sleeping disorders
  • Internet addiction

For parents, screen time for kids is a major concern, primarily because screen time scheduling and management tools are not readily available to help manage your family’s online usage effectively – until now. Net Nanny’s parental controls provide screen time limits for kids to help you manage their Internet use.

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How Net Nanny ® Screen Time Scheduling Works

With Net Nanny’s award-winning Internet filtering technology, you can select specific times of the day when your child can use the Internet. And because of our unique scheduling system, you can also select specific days you want your kids to have access to their online devices, giving you the flexibility to adjust screen time allowances for weekdays or weekends.

Set Curfew

Ever wonder how much time your kids use their device? Net Nanny ® lets parents see the daily total of each child’s screen time and see how their devices are being used. Parents can manage daily screen time, create schedules or curfews for when kids use their devices, and easily adjust the allotted time allowances for each day.

Turn Off the Internet

No more arguing with your child when it’s time for dinner or when they have had too much screen time. From your phone or any Internet-enabled device, turn off your child’s access to the Internet on their device. Net Nanny ® keeps the peace while applying the rules you want, when you want them.

The screen time scheduler allows parents to schedule and automatically apply downtime or institute curfews when you don’t want your kids access to the Internet. Parents can easily adjust the allotted time and create specific allowances for each day. Parents can even choose to simply block the Internet during any selected time period. When the allotted time for screen time use is up, kids’ devices are not able to connect to the Internet. With Net Nanny ® , you can:

  • Set specific times of the day when your child can use the Internet. (For example: Allow Internet access between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.)
  • Internet access turns off during scheduled hours or days that you select.
  • Only a parent or admin can make changes to the screen time schedule.
  • Schedule curfews for Internet use.
  • Turn off the Internet.


Why Net Nanny ® is Right for Your Family

For families who are looking for a way to increase their quality time spent together, Net Nanny’s screen time management tool and scheduler are essential. It gives parents the power to restrict access during dinnertime or other crucial times so your family can enjoy a meal or activity together without digital distractions. You can also use the tool to be flexible during family vacations – allowing access when your family is relaxing by the pool or restricting access during bedtime.

The benefit of using Net Nanny’s screen time scheduler is that parents can set their children’s schedules with ease and not have to keep track with a timer or a clock for how much accumulated time their kids spend online. With Net Nanny ® , you can set it and forget it.

How Net Nanny ® Helps You Manage Screen Time

By using Net Nanny’s screen time scheduler in coordination with our award-winning Internet filter, you can increase the productivity and safety of your children’s digital activity by providing them with the best online experience possible.

When managing your family’s online use, screen time scheduling makes it easier to not only limit how much time is spent each day or week, but also allows you flexibility in adapting those changes per user. For example, if your teenager is more active online during the weekends, you can expand their allowed access specifically for Saturdays and Sundays. And when you want to limit their screen time during the school week, you can restrict their schedule.

Net Nanny ® is fully customizable for each individual user, too. As screen time recommendations change for different age groups, you can tailor your schedule based on what’s right for each child. You can also use the screen time management tool for accountability on your own devices to increase productivity and limit screen time allowed on time-wasting websites.

Many adults struggle with online gambling or pornography addictions and by using a screen time scheduler, adults with addiction issues can more easily curb access to inappropriate websites and time online. By combining Net Nanny’s screen time management tool with our top-rated Internet filter and porn blocker, you can further distance yourself from websites and content that may trigger your addiction.

Help your family balance their screen time with the best parental control software that parents trust.

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How to create downtime for kids

Taking away your kid’s phone at night isn’t the only way to make sure they get a good night’s sleep (and avoid any inappropriate late-night use). You can also enable settings that lock phones from dusk ’til dawn — or any other time you want to make them unavailable. (Get tips on the best practices for using parental controls.) Here are a few methods to turn off kids’ phones at night.

Turn off iPhones

You can cut your kid off by enabling Downtime in the OS. Located in the Screen Time settings, Downtime makes an iPhone more like a regular phone: Kids can still call, text, FaceTime, and use any apps that you allow, such as a music-streaming app. But you can also turn off everything but the calling feature if you wish. You can enable Screen Time on your kid’s phone and protect the settings with a pass code, or you can remotely manage your kid’s phone by setting everyone up on Family Sharing.

  • Go to Settings on your kid’s phone.
  • Tap Screen Time.
  • Tap Use Screen Time Passcode and enter a pass code (this locks the setting so kids can’t change it back).
  • Tap on Downtime, toggle it on, and set a Start and End Time.
  • If you want to turn off messaging and FaceTime during Downtime, go to Screen Time/Always Allowed/Allowed Apps and remove them.
  • If you want to manage your kid’s phone using your own phone, first set up Family Sharing and then enable Screen Time settings.

Turn off Android phones

Google’s Family Link app allows you to schedule a span of time for the phone to be off, such as bedtime. But you can also completely lock the device so kids can’t even get into it. Family Link requires two downloads, one for your phone and one for your kid’s.

  • Download the Family Link for Parents app on your phone (available for iOS or Android).
  • Download the Family Link for Children & Teens on your kid’s phone (available for Android only).
  • On your phone, create a family manager account.
  • Once your kid’s profile is set up, select Bedtime and set the span of time your kid can’t use their phone.
  • If you want to completely shut down your kid’s device, go to their profile and tap “lock.”

Turn off any phone on the network

If you’re somewhat tech savvy, you can see if your router software (which you can find on your main home computer) offers the ability to disconnect devices from the network. Otherwise, look to your internet service provider. Some ISPs also offer robust parental controls, such as content filtering, website blocking, and location services, as a built-in feature or a service that you can access through an app. Here’s a sampling; if you don’t see your carrier, give them a call.

Offers a full suite of parental controls in addition to letting you disconnect devices. Requires two apps: the AT&T Secure Family app, which you download onto your phone, and the Secure Family Companion App, which you download onto your kid’s phone.

Allows you to pause the internet whenever you want as well as schedule a time for the device to disconnect from the network. You can also remotely manage access to other content (for example, videos).

Verizon Smart Family, $9.99/mo; included with Verizon Smart Family phone plan

Offers an array of parental controls. Requires two apps: the Verizon Smart Family, which you download onto your phone, and the Smart Family companion app, which you download onto your kid’s phone.

Turning on the subtitles while children are watching television can double the chances of a child becoming good at reading†. It’s so brilliantly simple and can help children’s literacy so much that we want to shout it from the rooftops!

There’s extensive global research that shows just how effective this is and with the help of our wonderful partners – including charities, companies and famous ambassadors – it’s our mission to share the results in this simple message.

So now, along with our friends at a number of leading charities and universities, we’re encouraging broadcasters, policymakers and parents to Turn on the Subtitles.

We need your help too. Please share this message with anyone you know who has children or works with children – this quick, free tip can help make TV time, reading time.

†Based on an academic study of 2,350 children, 34% became good readers with schooling alone. But when exposed to 30 minutes a week of subtitled film songs, that proportion more than doubled to 70%. There are lots of studies about the benefits of subtitles. This is just one! Check out our research page to find out more.

How to create downtime for kids

Sir Lenny Henry

Just turn on the subtitles. Extraordinary. Research has shown they can double the chances of a child becoming good at reading

How to create downtime for kids

Sandi Toksvig

I love the Turn On The Subtitles campaign. It’s stunningly simple, free & yet so powerful. We’re reaching out to all parents and schools to spread this simple message and help our nation’s children to improve their literacy

How to create downtime for kids

Sanjeev Bhaskar

Turn on the subtitles and let the magic begin!

How to create downtime for kids

Stephen Fry

Top scientists have proven that turning on subtitles of TV programmes can double the chances of a child becoming good at reading.

How to create downtime for kids

Rachel Riley

Do it right now. Turn on the subtitles!

How to create downtime for kids

Bill Clinton

Same Language Subtitling doubles the number of functional readers among primary school children. A small thing that has a staggering impact on people’s lives.

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Boris Johnson

I think that the campaign is excellent. all the departments that have a stake in this will be working with her (Julie Marson MP) to see what we can do

Jennifer O'Donnell holds a BA in English and has training in specific areas regarding tweens, covering parenting for over 8 years.

Andrea Rice is an award-winning journalist and a freelance writer, editor, and fact-checker specializing in health and wellness.

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Today’s children are busy, and when a child enters middle school schedules can get even busier. In fact, your child’s schedule, and yours may at times be harried and overwhelming. But free time is important for children,   especially as they enter puberty and adolescence. While too much free time can become problematic,   it’s important for parents to make sure that their tween has a balance between scheduled activities and time for themself.

If your tween can't seem to keep up with their responsibilities, it might be because they have too many.   Below are a few considerations when evaluating your child's free time.

Prioritizing Free Time

Parents often have the best of intentions, but many parents are guilty of overscheduling their children, programming their schedules with extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and other demands.   The reasons behind the trend in overscheduling children are numerous. Some parents simply want to give the child opportunities that they never had. Others hope to make their children more competitive and better prepared for a successful high school experience, and beyond.  

While it is important for a child to pursue interests, hobbies or passions, it’s also important for children to learn how to enjoy downtime.

Studies show that children who are overscheduled often feel overwhelmed and pressured, and that can lead to a number of problems including behavioral issues and emotional challenges.   In other words, overscheduled children can be stressed out.

Why It's So Important

Resist the urge to sign your child up for every activity that's available. Instead, help your child prioritize their interests. By doing so you're teaching your tween the skill of decision-making and that downtime should also be a priority to consider.  

Tweens Need Time to Think

Middle school can be stressful. Just consider all the challenges and obstacles a middle school student might face: bullies; increase in homework responsibilities; pressure to excel and to be competitive; friendship issues; dating; puberty; and more.   All of those challenges require a little time on your child’s part to think it through and find ways to manage it.

Allowing your child the free time to think will help your tween put it all into perspective and move on. And allowing your child the time to think also give you an opportunity to talk with one another and work through issues together. If you're rushing from one responsibility to another, conversations can be short and condensed. Allow your child the time to open up to you, or another family member.

Tweens Need to Relax

Adults understand the need to relax after a stressful week of work. Tweens are no different. If you've had a very busy week, you probably just want to go home and watch a little television. Your child might feel the same way. Free time allows your child to relax and do nothing, or to do something they've looked forward to all week.  

Tweens Need to Daydream

Daydreaming is something children are often criticized for, but children should allow themselves to daydream—just not in class. Daydreaming allows children to consider possible futures for themselves, and to ponder all the possibilities that are in front of them.   But you can't daydream if you don't have the leisure time to do so.

While pretend play is important for toddlers and preschoolers, daydreaming is important to tweens and teens. Allow your child the time to think about their future, and you might be surprised at the results.

Free Time Makes People Happy

Studies show that people are generally happier on the weekends.   Why? On the weekends, people get to choose their own activities, spend time with the people they like and separate themselves from their weekday responsibilities. Makes sense, doesn't it?

The holidays can bring so much excitement and anxiety for children that it can sometimes be too much for them to handle. University of Missouri developmental psychologist Christi Bergin says there are ways to reduce some of the excitement.

“First of all, I want to say I love the holidays. I don’t want to just focus on the negatives. They create great memories for us. They draw families tighter together. But they can also be pretty disruptive,” she says.

How to create downtime for kidsDr. Christi Bergin (Photo courtesy of the University of MissourI)

Bergin says little ones don’t have enough self-regulation to manage all that emotion. That’s why you might see temper tantrums at birthday parties, for example. She gives some suggestions to help kids keep their emotions in check.

“Minimize the gift giving. Kids just need a couple of gifts. They don’t need to be overwhelmed by a dozen gifts. We can also make sure that they have a little bit of downtime to help them get that excitement under control. And also we have to manage the issue of disappointment – that you don’t always get everything that you want in the gift department. We can talk with kids about realistic expectations and also how you need to appreciate what you have,” she says.

The holidays often include a lot of change. There might be traveling involved and family might be in town to visit. Change can be difficult for some kids.

“Even something like moving the furniture to accommodate this pine tree in the house or something. You know, those kinds of changes cause anxiety in children. Little children don’t even like it when mom and dad sit in the wrong chairs at the dinner table. They really like their routine and having their expectations,” says Bergin. “So you can help with that anxiety a little bit by kind of giving them a pre expectation, like this is where we’re going to go, and here’s what it’s going to be like. With really small children, one of the most important things you can do is bring their security blanket or their stuffed animal or whatever their attachment object is that they find comfort from.”

She says threatening to take away your kids’ gifts can also create anxiety in children.

Dr. Bergin says a routine, which is important for the emotional well-being of children, is often disrupted during the holidays. She says the primary disruption is their sleep schedule.

“Sleep is not just an issue in around the holidays, but it gets magnified around the holidays. In general, children are getting less sleep now than they used to in previous generations. Even from 1990 to 2012, we monitored differences in sleep across about a 20 year time period, and found significant reduction in the amount of sleep that children were getting. Today, about 85% of teens are mildly sleep deprived and up to about 40% are significantly sleep deprived to the point that it’s equivalent to having a sleep disorder. So that’s a pretty big deal for almost half of our teenagers. And our younger children, we’re seeing almost the same kind of parallel drop off in the amount of sleep. So kids in general, today are not getting enough sleep,” says Bergin.

Why does that matter?

“Well sleeps really important for a lot of things. I mean, you think about how not getting enough sleep affects you. You know, the same thing is going to happen with kids, we get more irritable, we get more aggressive, we find it difficult to pay attention. We also find that with children, they do better in school, they get higher grades and higher test scores, when they get more sleep. Even toddlers learn language faster and better when they get more sleep,” she says.

In one study Bergin mentions, parents were asked to put their kids to bed 30 minutes earlier or 30 minutes later for three nights in a row.

“Just three nights, not that long a time period,” she says. “But what they found was that those kids had worse memories, poor attention, and reduced motor speed. So it affected them cognitively and physically. And just in just three days of that reduced sleep, they had the equivalent of two years of regression in development, or acceleration in development for those that got the half hour more of sleep.”

Other serious consequences include sleep deprivation actually masquerading as ADHD or emotional disorders.

“Kids tend to be more prone to depression and attention problems when they are sleep deprived. In fact, you can actually trigger mental illness with sleep deprivation,” says Bergin. “You can adapt to sleep deprivation so that you don’t feel like you are sleepy, but it still has the same effects on you.”

She says getting children to bed is not easy and she applauds parents who are making sure their kids are having a decent and regular bedtime.

Bergin is a regular guest on Missourinet’s statewide syndicated daily radio show, called Show Me Today. To hear the full segment, click below.