3 Summer Tech Tips From Comcast’s Mom Tech Expert
posted by: Mile High Mamas
If there’s anyone who knows technology, it’s Comcast and we are thrilled to be partnering with them the next several months to bring you tips and tricks for parents of kids of all ages from a Denver mom like you – Alysen Cowan.
Alysen is a Director on the Sales and Marketing Team in the Comcast Mountain West Region who has two sons and lives in Southeast Glendale. She has worked at Comcast since 2007 and has these tips for thriving this summer with your kids and managing screen time.
- It’s summer, let the kids relax and have fun, but still hold them responsible to the family screen time rules
- While it’s summertime and the entire family is looking forward to some fun family-friendly activities where we can shut off our brains and not think about schoolwork, don’t let your rules go out the window. Keep close to your regular school-year rules in place, especially your family screen time management as your kids have more time to watch TV or go online for fun. I’ll be a little lax and give them 15-30 min extra in the morning when we’re getting ready for summer camp, whereas before school, we’re hustling and there’s no time for screens. Plus of course, when you travel, books and screens can be super helpful, depending on your kiddos’ ages. I also like to give them a countdown – “5 more minutes” or whatever to make sure they don’t get super upset or have a meltdown when the show/game time is over.
- ADDED TIP: Xfinity customers can use the Xfinity xFi feature to set a specific amount of time your children can be online each day. This is very helpful if you’re having a problem getting your kiddos off the screen. If the internet is off, there’s no choice but to put the screen down. More to come around this handy tool in this series!
- Think of yourself as a coach when it comes to managing technology with your family
- As a working mom and fastpitch softball coach in my “spare” time, I like to think of my approach to parenting like I do my approach to coaching. I am compassionate, but I also have a hard line for accountability. I love my kids learning more about technology, and I want to keep an eye on what they are doing and step in to teach them best practices. Sometimes I’m checking in on the games they’re playing and making sure it’s educational and fun. I’ll be sharing more about this approach throughout the series, such as how our family uses the TV for fun and engaging content, like watching the upcoming Summer Olympics or finding educational content on X1.
- Monitor your kids’ time online, but make sure you leverage all the internet has to offer for moms
- I’m always looking to set a good example for my family around how much time I spend online, so when I am online outside of my working hours, I spend it wisely. I research parenting advice on helpful blogs, like Mile High Mamas, and other social networks for local Denver moms. I also like to make sure they don’t see me on the phone constantly. If it’s texting or calls, that’s one thing, but I’m very conscious of my screen time and try to focus on using my phone as a tool – which can be hard! Parenting is the hardest thing and kiddos are constantly changing and growing. We always have to be willing to adapt and find new tools, especially tech tools, that help us navigate the exciting experience that is parenting!
Mile High Mamas will be partnering with Comcast on several informative articles on unique and innovative technology and entertainment features for families, as well as Comcast’s community programs for families in the Denver Metro Area. Some of our highlights will include:
- Olympics. How to watch and experience the Tokyo Olympics from home this summer with your family and friends.
- Internet Essentials. Comcast has helped connect 480,000 low-income Coloradans to the Internet at home since the program was launched a decade ago. For as little as $9.95/month, families can get connected to the Internet at home.
- Comcast Lift Zones. Working with its network of nonprofit partners, Comcast is providing robust WiFi at safe spaces like parks and recreation centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. and other non-profit and community centers that are expected to help thousands of low-income students get online, participate in distance learning and do their homework in a socially distanced manner.
- Parental Features from Xfinity. Comcast has a host of handy tools and resources to help manage tech-time at home and establish healthy limits for the entire family. Stay tuned for information around Kids Zone on X1, curated educational content, parental controls and more.
- Back to School. We’re in the throes of glorious summer but school is always right around the corner and Comcast is here to help you prepare.
These are just a few of the many topics we’ll be covering with Comcast in partnership with Mile High Mamas! If you have any additional topics you would like us to cover or questions for the Comcast tech expert, Alysen, please reach out to us.
In partnership with Mile High Mamas.