FUNCTION: 08.05.19- Screen usage is a year-round problem for children, but in particular it can be more prevalent in the summer months when children are out of school and have nothing better to do with their free time and spend hours finally ahead your smartphone or tablet, and if they're in the Apple ecosystem, that means screens on iOS devices like iPhone and iPad (or even an iPod touch).
What can adults do to ward off this addictive and unhealthy habit that children have fallen into? And how can parents become more involved in children's screen use?
Enter the GOYA-Move app from P-INK Ventures, Inc.
Launched in the summer of 2018 The GOYA-Move app (the abbreviation for "get off your apps ”) is a digital health and wellness app that takes parental control one step further by teaching kids about on-screen moderation and accountability.
The app accomplishes this through parental controls that allow parents to set step goals and assign tasks – the latter a new feature released today in an update to the app – that encourage children to stay active and live a healthier lifestyle. When step goals and / or tasks are completed, the rewards-based app allows kids to access specific apps on their locked device (e.g. games, music, social media, or the browser).
For security reasons, the GOYA-Move app does not block access to messages or the phone, so parents can still communicate with their children and vice versa (which is especially useful in emergencies).
App highlights include the following features:
- Dashboard – allows parents to manage multiple children.
- App Auto Lock / Unlock – select which apps your child will have access to when step goals are met (and / or to-do completed).
- Blackout Times – regarding blackout times to override step goals (eg homework, dinner and bedtime).
- Works with iOS and Android – a parent's iOS device can control a child's Android device and vice versa.
The GOYA-Move app stands out from other similar parental control apps by rewarding kids with built-up time in front of the screen without ever having to remove their phone or device (or make them feel punished).
In addition, the app is a NO-MDM (mobile device management card that is a form of connecting two devices) -based solution, which makes it much safer since it does not collect data or give the app's system access to data on the device, as other apps can do: a problem that parents and organizations are raising. As far as is known to the creators, the GOYA-Move app is the only parental control app that does not use MDM – which they claim is Apple-recognized – and gives the app a competitive edge by staying ahead of the curve with privacy software in accordance with parents and children.
In November last year, Apple banned all parental control files and others using MDM, believing its use was a security breach on Child's smartphone.
According to the website (under the section About us), the GOYA-Move app was created by two parents as a solution to the screen addiction problem that had become front and center in a household with six children. In addition to teaching kids about on-screen moderation and accountability, the app was designed to get them moving again.
The site also indicates that pediatric research suggests 10,000 steps a day for children aged 10-15 years.
"Mobile games and social media are the biggest distractions among kids these days," said Isaac Gredinberg, president of P-INK Ventures, Inc. and co-founder of the GOYA-Move app.
"The parental automation tools in our app allow parents to teach children about on-screen moderation and accountability without the intrusive feeling the child can get. The GOYA-Move app encourages a healthier relationship between parents and children, and between children and their phone."  "Our vision is for parents and their children to have a healthy relationship with each other and their technology," Gredinberg added.
The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines suggest that parents and children use their screens together. The organization says that in a world where children grow up digitally, it is important to help them learn healthy concepts about digital use and citizenship, and parents play an important role in teaching these skills.
Recent and ongoing studies from the National Institutes of Health have shown that more than two hours of time in front of a screen can have a negative effect on children's brains (e.g., lower performance on test results). Furthermore, Silicon Valley technologists even keep their own children from using these devices and be in front of their screens, feeling that the risk of addiction and stunting development seems high.
Apple, as a company, and aware of these risks, has solved the problem by creating software tools – such as its Screen Time app (available as of iOS 12) – that let parents know and feel good about what kids are doing, which helps them choose how and how often the children can use their devices. And the company is constantly designing new features to ensure that children use their devices the way their parents want them.
The GOYA-Move app is available as a free download in the App Store with in-app purchases (a monthly subscription of $ 1.99 per child is required after the free trial expires). The app, rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, requires iOS 10.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
For more information about the app, visit the Frequently Asked Questions and Help Center page on the site.  A note from the author: A version of this article appeared on the iPhone Life website where this author contributes to the site and its magazine.