The Internet Needs a Pause Button

The pause feature is about more than bedtime. It’s about creating a customizable time for each and every member of your family. One thing we’ve learned from our technology centered world, is to be adaptive. Torch helps you do just that. Change in the schedule? No problem.

In our 21st century world of selfie-sticks and trophies-even-for-last-place, we may believe our kids’ self-esteem is plenty high — maybe too high. But that’s not the same thing as self-confidence. Building authentic self-confidence and independence begins in our homes. It takes discipline, consistency, and a constant adaptability. It’s not easy, but it may be the single overall most important goal for us to achieve as parents. With self-confidence comes the ability to take on any task, even when it doesn’t come easy. If you’re doing it right, you’ll find you’ve decreased a lot of chaos too.

Bruce Feiler’s The Secrets of Happy Families stresses the importance of connection, especially through shared stories. We can only form connection by disconnecting from the internet to truly reap the rewards of less screen time. It’s not always easy to connect with your kids when they’re pulled into joining with bands of other gamers, or having friends join their clan. The social experience of other gamers is fun, sometimes compulsively so. Want them back for a little real world time? There’s a Torch for that.

Clinical psychologist and Harvard Medical School instructor, Catherine Steiner-Adair, has studied the neural pathways during the first five years of a child’s life. Those pathways are forming emotional attachments that technology cannot substitute. Torch’s toolkit of pausing the internet, and time spent online stats, helps families discover the benefits of less screen time.