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My wifes cousins daughter 14 years old spends too much time playing with the phone.

She is an intelligent girl ( daughter) and her mother called my wife to see if I could advise how to reduce the phone use without causing too much conflict and causing conflict between daughter and mother.

I use tv and gmail and that's it so I have no idea at the moment if there is a way to limit time that the phone can be used, yes I know take the phone away and allow 2 hours a day maximum use. The way I would do it to be honest.

Is there a system, somehow, to limit the use of the SIM card on a daily basis?

I suppose I'm looking for a controlled system rather than a 'cold turkey' solution.

 

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17 minutes ago, janclaes47 said:

From Playstore you can download an app called Dinnertime plus. You install it on the phone and on 2 parental devices.

 

There are plenty of options like how much time a day can be spend on a certain category of apps or on one particular app.

 

You can block apps, you can make them available only during certain times, you can remotely close or uninstall an app and prevent from new apps to be installed.

 

And it is free.

 

The Kid can not uninstall the app.

I'll pass that on.

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The app I use for the daughter is called Qustodio. It also lets you define time of day, amount of time per day / app, lets you see call history (who called, was called), websites browsed etc

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7 hours ago, cyberfarang said:

The problem is overherebc, you and I come from a different era.

 

This is what kids do today, it`s as if their ears and hands are surgically attached to their phones. I know several adults, Thais and westerners that are exactly the same.

 

I believe it`s just a sad sign of our times and the cousin`s daughter is just copying what all her friends are doing. I know it`s irritating, but doubt the mother, your wife or you can do anything about it.

Your father probably said similar things about you sad sign of our times. ( for instance when television got introduced).  After that people said it when game computers were introduced. This will go on and on at least you can still access useful information on your phone just like with a computer.

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12 hours ago, cyberfarang said:

The problem is overherebc, you and I come from a different era.

 

This is what kids do today, it`s as if their ears and hands are surgically attached to their phones. I know several adults, Thais and westerners that are exactly the same.

 

I believe it`s just a sad sign of our times and the cousin`s daughter is just copying what all her friends are doing. I know it`s irritating, but doubt the mother, your wife or you can do anything about it.

I have the same problem, my son 10 yrs old has taken over his sisters notebook and uses his other sisters iphone, as soon as he comes home from school he plugs the notebook into my modem and he is off and away playing online games with kids all over the world (has done wonders for his English reading abilities, gone are the days when he used to ask ''Papa what does 'f... you' mean'') if I switch off the modem he uses the iphone, if I take that away, he will watch TV. The difficulty is that his mother undermines me, ''Oh let him, just another hour'' etc. He is always top of his class at school but his teacher complained to me that his English reading abilities are far better than his Thai reading abilities so now I spend an hour reading Thai with him but I can sense that he is burning inside to get on the computer. It is a two edged sword, they have computer lessons at school and he is way ahead of the other kids as he is the only one with computer access at home.

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The problem is, she is an active child. That is positive. How can you lockup a 14 years old youngster at home ? She need some freedom.

 

Probably the girl can sign up for sports or outdoor club or social clubs or learning something the gives more interaction with outside world than TV, Phone etc.,

 

It would divert her mind from Phone, and focus on something specific.

 

Sports definitely helps, or she can focus on social service activity. Then she will find she is more worth than a phone.

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3 minutes ago, NextStationBangkok said:

The problem is, she is an active child. That is positive. How can you lockup a 14 years old youngster at home ? She need some freedom.

 

Probably the girl can sign up for sports or outdoor club or social clubs or learning something the gives more interaction with outside world than TV, Phone etc.,

 

It would divert her mind from Phone, and focus on something specific.

 

Sports definitely helps, or she can focus on social service activity. Then she will find she is more worth than a phone.

Trouble is interaction with the outside world is per iphone, all her friends will be doing the same thing, before that teenagers would spend hours on the land line telephone. When I go to the local railway station I see everyone on iphones, just 3 or so yrs ago people would actually be talking to each other, not anymore.

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That's easy... book her on activity club like sports or other type of group activities. 

Otherwise, welcome to the 21st century where human being will unlearn how to speak and interact.

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I don't suppose young lady would care, but I recently read that constant use of cell phones can destroy brain cells (provided if any are left) leading to idiocy.

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19 hours ago, janclaes47 said:

From Playstore you can download an app called Dinnertime plus. You install it on the phone and on 2 parental devices.

 

There are plenty of options like how much time a day can be spend on a certain category of apps or on one particular app.

 

You can block apps, you can make them available only during certain times, you can remotely close or uninstall an app and prevent from new apps to be installed.

 

And it is free.

 

The Kid can not uninstall the app.

Not sure I can agree with the last sentence. My observation is younger generations are almost invariably more computer-savvy than older generations - it's a Red Queen's Race trying to keep up with them.

 

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Thailand is apparently the world leader in mobile phone usage, a sad 9.5 hours a day. What hope is there for these people ?

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17 minutes ago, oldrunner said:

I don't suppose young lady would care, but I recently read that constant use of cell phones can destroy brain cells (provided if any are left) leading to idiocy.

...and the delusion that the 'cell phones fry your brains' theory is something recent.

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