Years ago, parents warned kids not to sit too close to the TV because it would harm their eyes. Now, the ubiquitous nature of smartphones mean that screens are in front of us most of the day, and most of us need to rest our eyes from too much screen time.
If your young children use your phone, part of your phone’s child-proofing process should include a new free Android app from Samsung called Samsung Safety Screen. The app is simple but important: it uses the device’s front camera to detect if a face is too close to the screen.
When a kid is holding the device right up to his head, the app pops up and reminds him to increase the distance.
Thankfully, you can password protect the app so kids don’t just disable it and go on their merry way. You might find this app to be overkill, and it won’t be battery-friendly since it needs to constantly access the camera, but for those with young ones concerned about their screen time, it’s worth a shot.
Remember when we were kids & they told us not to sit too close to the TV… & now we constantly have a 5 inch screen in our face..
— Devin Bettmann (@devbett) April 13, 2016
Of course, this app is no substitute for proper parental supervision. Kids often find ways to bypass parental security, so even the passcode on this app might not be enough.
You might even consider using the app yourself if you have a tendency to hold you phone right up to your face, especially if you often use your phone in bed or are nearsighted.
Let us know if you find this app to be useful, or share other ways you keep young children from viewing the screen too closely, in the comments!
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