Common Sense Media Reports the Percentage of Kids Watching Videos Online Has Doubled, Creating the Need for More Screen Time Tools for Parents
PHILADELPHIA– (BUSINESS WIRE) –Comcast today announced in new Xfinity xFi scheduling tool that gives parents more control over their kids' screen time this holiday season. This scheduling feature builds upon xFi's popular “bedtime mode” and was created as a result of customer demand to better manage screen time. Parents can now set up 30 different screen time schedules per profile, so I know all the devices, child uses - including tablets, smartphones or gaming consoles and more.
The children's advocacy organization Common Sense found that 69 percent of kids have smartphones by age 12 and the number of tweens and teens watching online videos every day has more than doubled since With this feature, parents will have flexibility to schedule specific time. Using the Xfinity XFi app, parents can also instantly pause WiFi for all the devices connected, set up a specific time for WiFi usage, easily onboard new devices gifted during holidays, and set up parental controls on their content kids are viewing online.
“The xFi bedtime mode feature really resonated with our customers, and we heard from them that they wanted more precision and control in managing their kids' screen time schedules. As a father of four, I know that screen time is one of the biggest painpoints for parents, ”said Dave Puckett, Vice President, xFi & Digital Security, Comcast. "That's why we created this new xFi scheduling feature, to empower parents with a simple tool to be more involved in when and how their kids use the Internet."
To set up this feature, customers simply need to:
- Open the xFi app on their Android or iOS device, or go to the xFi digital dashboard online.
- Go to the individual child's profile.
- Click "Create a Downtime Schedule".
- Choose an icon like bedtime, homework, or dinner, help identify their schedule.
- Select the days of the week.
Xfinity xFi is a simple, digital dashboard for Xfinity customers to personalize, troubleshoot, monitor, and control their home WiFi network. In addition, it provides content filters that ensure more children can only access age-appropriate content, websites, and apps, and real-time alerts when a new device connects to the home WiFi network .
Xfinity xFi can be accessed via the xFi mobile app (iOS and Android), website, or on the TV with the X1 voice remote. 17 million Xfinity Internet customers who lease a compatible Xfinity gateway.
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