Technology Tuesday: Do Not Disturb While Driving

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Have you updated your iPhone to iOS11?  If so, you might have noticed that your screen goes dark and displays a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” message.  It’s one of the features of Apple’s newest operating system, and one that can be REALLY helpful in the lives of the kids we love.  

When this feature is turned on, your iPhones stays silent if you receive a text.  The sender, however, will receive an automatic reply that lets them know you’re driving.  They can then send a reply back marked urgent that notifies you and allows you to pull over or have Siri read the message to you.

You can also direct your phone in terms of receiving calls:  one setting enables them to come only from your favorites, and you can allow calls to come through if the same person calls twice in a row.  

Apple has also made it easier for us to require the Do Not Disturb settings be in place on the phones of the kids we love.  You can go to find out more here.

But, as always, we’d encourage you to talk to your teenager about this setting.  With a new driver, especially, we’d recommend it as a requirement for driving.  But, they need to know what you’re doing and why any time you put restrictions on their phone.  Otherwise, they’ll create more drama around the idea that you “violated their privacy” than what they did wrong or could happen to them in the first place.

So, talk to your teenagers.  Check out Do Not Disturb While Driving.  And be aware of what you’re modeling in terms of your own technology use in the car.  We’ll keep the information coming on Technology Tuesdays.  Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your journey.