There’s no stopping technology in all aspects of our lives. Whether you like it or not, it is here to stay. So what we can do is use technology to our advantage. As a working mom, I am very thankful to technology such as messaging and video apps because I can keep tabs on what’s happening at home while at work. PLDT Home also embraces parenting in the digital age and believes that the strongest connections are at home.
In a recent event organized by PLDT Home at Stacy’s BGC, mommies were treated to a “Mommy’s Day Out”. We exchanged parenting tips, yaya stories and questions in light of technology as a useful parenting channel. Isabel Oli Prats and Denise Laurel hosted the event and also shared their parenting tips. Camille Prats and Issa Litton were also there to join us in our chikahan.
To guide and give more valuable tips to us, renowned psychologist, guidance counselor, lecturer and author Michele S. Alignay, was also present at the event. I learned so much from her, she said that parents should act as the digital managers of our home.
Gadgets or No Gadgets?
One hot debate in this crazy world of parenthood is the amount of screen time our children get, or if they are allowed to use an Ipad/tablet. I think all of us millenial moms (naki-millenial talaga :p) agreed that children CAN use an Ipad and the likes in moderation and with supervision. In Gwen’s case, we’ve seen her English vocabulary improved because of the YouTube videos she’s watching. And surprisingly, she speaks better English than me. Gwen’s tablet is also our companion during those dreaded waiting hours in the airport during travels. There were disadvantages of course but the benefits of using gadgets outweigh the disadvantage.
Home goes digital
Now that we all agree that technology and gadget use in the family can be beneficial as long as it is managed, let’s get to know PLDT Home’s line of products that will help our home life easier. To be able to maximize the features of the devices, it is best enjoyed with your Home DSL or Home Fibr connection.
PLDT Home FAMCAM
When you’re in a circle of moms, yaya (horrible) stories are always present. Everyone has their own yaya experiences to share and some of them are really frightening. I also had my fair share of yaya stories, Gwen hasn’t turned 1 and yet I already had 4 to 5 yayas in just a short span of time. It’s really hard to go to work knowing that your baby will be left with a stranger. That’s where PLDT Home’s Fam Cam comes in. Oh how I wish they had this 5 years ago!
Fam Cam is a wireless home surveillance camera that lets you monitor your home through your mobile phone, laptop or PLDT Telpad. There are two types: Basic Fam Cam and Advanced Fam Cam. You can get this if you are subscribed to Home DSL Plan 1299 and up.
Even if Gwen is already 5 years old, it will still be useful in monitoring if she did her assignments from school, if she finished her lunch, if she took her afternoon nap, or if she obeys her yaya. Before, I was worried that her yaya might hurt Gwen, now I can use the Fam Cam to see if Gwen behaves well and if she treats her yaya nicely.
PLDT Home Smart Watch
This is one cool gadget best paired with the PLDT Home Telpad! It lets them send and receive calls, and listen to music. I want one for Gwen because one mommy said that it has a sensor that vibrates when your child goes out of the set perimeter. Very useful when we’re inside the malls.
PLDT Home FamZone
PLDT Home has its own cyber security solution with the FamZone. It’s a filtering tool that blocks websites inappropriate for kids. I’m glad that they have this feature already unlike before that I have to access my router’s settings just to manage Gwen’s tablet usage. FamZone is the top parental control device. Other features include:
- Time Setting
- Sleep Time
- Website restrictions
- Manage/customize profile
PLDT Home’s line of products is every working mom’s dream. Sometimes I wish that I have a double so that I can be with my daughter and at work at the same time just to make sure that everything is well taken cared of. But with FAMCAM, I can have peace of mind that Gwen is safe while I’m away. And with PLDT’s vision of a connected Home, our family will be closer than ever.
To know more about these products, drop by the PLDT Home website, http://pldthome.com/.
- Get your FAMCAM for Php 499/month with your PLDT Home DSL or PLDT Home Fibr broadband! Learn more here: pldthome.com/famcam
- Surprise your kid with a cool Smart Watch for only Php 199/month. Learn more here: pldthome.com/smartwatch
- FamZone is coming out soon. FamZone Box will be available at P299/month. FamZone app will be available at P149.