15. Pop The Lock
Pop The Lock is a great puzzle game for everyone of all ages. A degree of difficulty yet still fun! "popping the locks" will keep your little ones entertained for awhile with WiFi free fun. Moms and Dad may appreciate the fact that this game is silent.
TECH WELLNESS TIP Do you have a pre-teen or teen who plays or does homework on laptop, tablet or computer? If they're are having difficulty sleeping or concentrating you may want to try these affordable orange glasses that fit adolescents. The blue light from all devices can affect circadian rhythms and sleep and orange glasses block up to 85% of the blue light. To find out more, please check out this blog about Teens and Sleep and Blue Light.
Best Practices For Playing Games Offline
- Download free version of App online. and Open App AFTER disconnection to avoid advertising and in-app purchases.
- Use a WiFi remote switch to avoid direct EMF from your WiFi
- Disallow all notifications and Click Out of all Ads. Typically you do this once and the ads will not reappear.
- Check Privacy and Notification Settings and disallow Apps from using your microphone, location, camera and sending notifications. More Privacy Tips Here
- Turn WiFi off and play in Airplane mode to avoid wireless EMF.
- Use a stylus to avoid magnetic energy
- Use orange glasses for digital glare and healthy sleep cycles.
- Dr. Young, Digital Addiction Expert. Age Recommendations:
- Kids Under 3: No Screens
- Kids 3 to 6: One Hour or less and use device with your child
- Kids 6 to 9 Up to 2 hours of supervised screen time
- Kids 9 to 12 let them play up to 2 hours and best to set no-tech family times each day
WHY PLAY GAMES OFFLINE, NO USING WIFI, DATA, OR INTERNET?
Offline free games are the best bet anytime but can be a LIFE-SAVER when you are traveling, whether it be on train, plane or car.
The trick is to download the games (or podcasts, for Mom and Dad) when you have a clear, strong internet signal at home. Then, when you are driving to your relatives in Tucson or 30,000 feet in the air - you've got access to games to keep the whole fam busy without needing the internet.
Games and Apps are Better when No WiFi is involved
There’s tons of controversy about the benefits children get from using interactive gaming applications and the flip side--harmful effects to a child’s developing brain, possibly caused by exposure to violence in games or other such undesirable virtual situations. More often than not, these concerns focus on how these smart device applications impact a child’s learning or mental health/ development.
The Expert Says
If you want your kids to develop better sensory-motor skills and better reading skills, screens for kids under 3 should be off limits. Dr. Kimberly Young, notes that kids develop better sensory-motor skills playing with real toys and better reading skills off line. Her great Screen Smart guide can help you be the best Tech parent out there. Dr. Young has been researching, teaching and treating Internet Addiction for over 30 years, so we think her ideas are super solid. And for kids of all ages, Dr. Young points out that in order to develop social communication skills and healthy family attachments, a tech disconnect is a must. We love that idea.
Then there’s the EMF possibility
At Tech Wellness, we are also concerned with physiological health: WiFi and cell EMF exposure on little bodies. There are many studies that that show EMF radiation has biological effects: without a doubt!
This is especially concerning when it comes to children and their developing bodies, as a result, the energy from devices penetrates deeper into their brains. Click on our research section for links to 100's of studies.
The good news is that radiation coming from the WiFi drops off dramatically with distance. Tech Wellness recommends keeping a minimum of 15 to 20 feet of distance between you and you and the router for safety.
That’s why we love our WiFi Switch you don’t need to get close to the wireless radiation from your router and it makes it easy power off anytime. Many parents have shared that they find their children sleep better when the WiFi’s off.
See if your home passes the Safe-Radiation Test. We found an awesome little meter that's super professional-yet easy to read and understand.
Distance Is Your Friend: EMF exposures drop with distance from the source. YAY! That goes for the wireless radiation and for the magnetic energy waves, which is present with most electronic devices.
WiFi off means no wireless energy is coming from the WiFi.
Airplane mode means no WiFi or cell signal is coming from the phone, tablet or computer.
Bluetooth off means no Bluetooth energy is coming from or to the computer, cell phone or tablet.