As summer winds to a close and the school year kicks off, you are probably making your way down a list of tasks to complete before the first bell rings. While you’re in prep mode, consider these tips to get your home and connectivity in tip-top shape:
1) Don’t let internet lag drag you down.
As your home gets connected to more devices, your internet speed will need to be able to keep up. So whether someone in your family received a new tablet for school or the kids are simply streaming music as they get ready for the day, get the area’s fastest, most reliable internet connection.
Curious what speed you need? Check the FTC Speed Calculator at ftcinet.com.
2) Stick to your set bedtimes.
Did you know that too much screen time before bed can impact your child’s sleeping habits? Fortunately, with FTC Digital TV and DVR, your family never has to miss those can’t-miss shows — just record them at night to watch the next day! Plus, you can set parental controls to help enforce bedtimes.
3) Add an extra level of protection.
Whether you are running errands, out of town for a youth baseball or softball tournament, or your teens are alone after school until you get home, FTC Total Connect Remote Services gives you more control in keeping your family safe. From your smartphone or tablet, you can control your security system, lights, locks and thermostats, plus receive important alerts in real time. It’s a simple step toward safety, whether you’re at home or away. Learn more at ftcsecurity.com.
4) Thoughtfully decide when your kid gets a phone.
At what age should a child get a mobile phone? There is no magic number, but it is safe to say individual needs and maturity level are considerations. Some parents have their children carry a mobile phone to use strictly in the case of emergencies – and in today’s world, who can blame them? FTC offers basic phone plans with talk, text and data, which is a good solution that adds some peace of mind for parents with kids who don’t need access to a smartphone. For those who are ready, FTC provides a variety of unlimited plans that work for the whole family.
Just as having adequate internet speed for newer devices is important to the overall internet experience, setting and maintaining reasonable boundaries for technology is crucial for parents in 2018.
Luckily, when it comes to helping you have the best school year yet, FTC has you covered on all bases.
Visit ftc-i.net to get started.