Whether they have a brand-new iPhone® or a refurbished MacBook®, a child can be easily distracted by the lure of technology. This distraction can keep them from concentrating on more important issues, like homework. Here are a few tips for any parent looking to help their child focus on studies and schoolwork—and not on electronic devices.
How to Help a Child Focus on Homework
1. Set a Schedule
Establish a schedule with your kids—a specific time for homework and a specific time for portable electronics. During the homework portion of the daily schedule, all devices—from the iPhone and refurbished MacBook to gaming consoles and televisions—can’t be used for the duration of study time. At first, there will be some pushback to this new routine, but remain calm and consistent, and your kids will be more apt to follow suit.
2. Practice Working Tech-Free
For assignments that don't require the use of a computer, experiment with going tech-free, and that includes laptops and desktops. Encourage your child to write out their homework with pencil and paper. If they need to know how to spell a word or research a subject, introduce them to the dictionary and encyclopedia. This approach won't work for all assignments or projects, but implement it whenever you can to minimize the pull of electronic devices.
3. Turn Off Notifications
In some households, it might not be reasonable to confiscate all electronics during homework sessions. A child might need to have access to their iPhone to get help from a classmate or be on their refurbished MacBook or iMac® to research a project. In these cases, disable notifications for the entirety of the time they're doing homework. They shouldn't be interrupted by social media alerts or any other unessential notifications.
4. Use Parental Controls
Apple® products have parental controls that can make homework time much easier. These controls allow you to restrict access to content on your child's Apple products when they should be focused on schoolwork. On an iPhone, for instance, go to “Settings” and “Screen Time.” From there, tap “Content & Privacy Restrictions” and enter a four-digit passcode twice. Now, you will be able to choose whatever type of content you want to block. Once homework has been satisfactorily completed, revisit the “Screen Time” function and reenter your passcode to disable it.
When the homework is finished, let the kids enjoy their electronics within reason. Experimax St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, FL, sells a full line of Apple products, including refurbished MacBook laptops and used iPhone devices. They also offer computer repairs, making them a full-service, one-stop-shop for all of your Apple needs. Call (727) 289-3367 to schedule service, or visit them online to see a list of their products.