Helping Your Teen with Mobile Device Addiction

Mobile Device Addiction
Makeba Giles

Makeba Giles

Content Creator and Curator at MELISASource
Makeba Giles is an Health, Family, and Lifestyle Blogger. She is also a Midwest Mother of four, and the Founder and Creative Director of MELISASource.com. |

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TOPs Balance for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Mobile device addiction is a rapidly growing trend among teens. Unfortunately, there seems to be no immediate end in sight. In fact, according to NBC News, teens spend nine hours a day in front of screens and children ages 8-12 spend six hours.1 Additionally, a poll conducted by Common Sense Media found that fifty percent of teens feel they are attached to their mobile devices.

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Having two teens in the house myself, I know how challenging it can be to pry teens away from their mobile devices. The conflict and attitude received by a simple request is enough to make a parent want to surrender altogether.

Luckily, there is hope. TOPs Balance is a great solution to the problem of technology addiction with teens.

The new TOPs unlock method has effectively reimagined a mobile device as a powerful and effortless knowledge delivery system. 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.

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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 app works by parents and users customizing the intensity of learning by selecting either optional or mandatory delivery of Knowledge Bursts. There are two options to choose from:

  • The optional delivery method (low intensity) gives the user a unique prompt or persuasive option for the Knowledge Burst at every unlock screen.
  • The mandatory delivery method (high intensity) a more dedicated balance strategy that requires the completion of a Knowledge Burst at every unlock prior to gaining access to the home screen.

Once the preferences are set, users are prompted with Knowledge Bursts every time they unlock their device. Thereby balancing their mobile device overuse.

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I love that the TOPs Balance App is very informative and cleverly intertwines fun learning with mobile device use. Both of my teens have grown to love the app too. They enjoy being able to challenge their minds in a simple and entertaining way.

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Summer vacation means lots of car travel and downtime for my kids. That means even more available hours to be in front of their mobile devices. Having the TOPs Balance app installed and active means I can reduce my worries about any increasing cell phone addiction or tablet addiction. I can be at ease knowing that they have a proper balance – which is all that a parent could ask for.

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The TOPs Balance app is available in both the App Store and the Google Play Store and is currently available at an introductory price of $2.99.

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