Created in 2014 by Richard Sah, the DinnerTime app was created after Richard noticed that his children were always distracted.
‘I’ve noticed that my children find technology to be addictive at times, playing games or watching videos on their tablets or phones, and are easily distracted by their devices at dinnertime and bedtime. ‘This gave me the idea for DinnerTime, as I wanted to create something that could help my children focus on other activities, and we could enjoy quality time together.’
Once you’ve activated the app to pause the functionality of your child’s device, everything from social networking to texting becomes temporarily disabled. Looks like they won’t be instagramming their food now, huh?
On phones with DinnerTime installed, you can see a countdown timer so you’re aware of when the phone is going to be disabled and how long before it is unlocked again, you also can set a custom time-frame to disable it for. So your children can come out for dinner, and even do the dishes afterwards without the distraction of their phone or tablet!
According to a study that DinnerTime conducted, 89 percent of 6-to-9-year-olds (who participated in the study) are active online, with only 14 percent of 3-5 year olds being able to tie their own shoes compared to a whopping 57 percent who know how to fully operate a tablet. With parents finding the separation between their children and devices more difficult to manage, DinnerTime gives parents the ability to limit their child’s activity and bring them back to the tablet.
‘For years people have been saying that technology is making us anti-social — this is something we hope to change”, Young Song, CEO of ZeroDesktop.