Using OrbitU as a Family
August 12, 2021
At OrbitU, users often share about how they use the app, whether it’s to keep in touch with their families or to gain peace of mind by tracking new teen drivers. Our goal at OrbitU is to bring families closer together, and we agree that each family member’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being is vital to the happiness and wellbeing of the entire family. In this post, we’re concentrating on families and the important role OrbitU can play in their lives.
Here are some guidelines on how your family can discuss and use OrbitU.
Concentrate on why OrbitU is important
Always be transparent and truthful with your teenagers so they don’t think you’re spying on them and instead see OrbitU’s services for what it is: a tool that facilitates protection and communication.
When the older kids want to go off on their own, the app gives a parent peace of mind. Giving teenagers the freedom to explore is vital, but it doesn’t make one any less concerned. A parent can keep an eye on them knowing where they are with OrbitU while also allowing them to enjoy their independence.
Instead of enforcing harsh consequences, you can use OrbitU as a supportive tool to ensure the best for your family and start healthy discussions.
What is your family’s routine to decide if it’s okay to turn it off a Bubble? Is it necessary to send a text to Mom or Dad? Is it necessary for your teen to get permission first? What about you, as a mom, do you think? Would there ever be a time when you turn off Location Sharing, and if so, how would your children know what to expect? Early on, talk about these types of issues and desires.
Emphasize safe driving habits
While drivers in your family may believe they are invincible, make sure they are aware of the laws in your state and that car accidents can change people’s lives in an instant. Examine the latest findings and data on distracted driving and other concerning habits. For example, that texting while driving takes your eyes off the road for only five seconds, which is enough time to drive the length of a football field.
Included with each of OrbitU’s packages, drives are tracked and show instances of cell phone use, rapid acceleration, hard braking, and top speed reached. A weekly driving overview for each family member is a quick way to sit down and discuss whether everyone is adhering to your family’s safe driving pledge.
Talk about it.
All questions and concerns should be heard and valued. As a family, have open and frank discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of monitoring location and driving habits. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- What are the reasons we use OrbitU as a family?
- When Location Sharing is switched on or off, what are the expectations?
- How much do we plan to use OrbitU to monitor each other’s whereabouts?
Both parents and teens will benefit from OrbitU’s peace of mind and independence. Keep having open discussions about how OrbitU can be used in your family, what the expectations are, and what the boundaries are for each family member to get the most out of your experience.