Parents all around the world are celebrating a somewhat large win — they now have the ability to control their kids’ phones and screen usage. The new operating system, iOS 12, has a feature called Screen Time which allows parents to monitor exactly how much time your kids spend on their phones and tablets, the times of day they’re most active, and which apps they use the most.
Apple Screen Time will allow parents to schedule certain times of the day their kids can use their phone or tablet, and also gives them the power to approve downloads and control certain settings.
Parents can also set app time limits, filter inappropriate content, and schedule “downtime” meaning shut down the device altogether.
At the end of each week, you’ll get an automatic report detailing how often you or your child used the device, as well as the percentage of time spent on apps with specific categories, such as Social Networking, Games, Entertainment, and Productivity.
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But you can also get current information about these stats by visiting Screen Time at any time. With that information, you’ll have a better idea of where you need to place limits.
Here are some key features:
Downtime: Much like setting up Bedtime Mode in Do Not Disturb, Downtime effectively shuts down your phone for a specific length of time, allowing access only to calls and apps you greenlight. Select a start time and an end time, which is super useful if you want to shut down access at bedtime.
App Limits: App Limits allows you to access to apps in certain categories for a specific set of time per day. If you want to restrict how often a child plays a certain app for example, you can click Add Limit in the App Limit screen, go to Games, click Add in the upper right corner, and then choose how many hours you’d like to restrict their usage to for the day. Alternatively, you can ensure that certain apps are by default enabled, such as Phone, Messages, FaceTime, and Apple Maps.
Content & Privacy Restrictions: Here you’re able to select Content Restrictions and ratings allowed for your child. Under Movies, for example, you can select PG-13 as the high end. With that restriction in place, movies rated R and NC-17 will be inaccessible.
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