Although it may not be entirely true, I find that I tell myself that these options are "better" than a video when I need to get stuff done, but the habit is creating little tech monsters in our home!
I was excited to recently discover Zoodles.com as a way of limiting the time, violence, and control content for my kids. It's free, and has been a lifesaver... like a way of kid-proofing my computers, phones, and tablet!
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What do you do in your household keep computer/phone playtime under control?