Technology is helping us all do so many extraordinary things. However, we can sometimes lose track of how much time we use our devices for. ‘Screen Time’ is a new feature for both iPads and iPhones that helps give us all a better understanding of the time we, and our children, spend on apps and websites, and on our devices overall. So now we can better ensure we make the most of how we choose to spend time on our iPhone or iPads.
To start taking advantage of this new Screen Time feature you will need to ensure your child’s iPad is updated to iOS 12. If you would like to remotely monitor and adjust settings on your child’s device, and monitor your own use, you will also need to update your personal iPad or iPhone to iOS 12.
By understanding how they are interacting with their iOS devices, people can take control of how much time they spend in a particular app, website or category of apps. The ‘App Limits’ feature in Screen Time allows people to set a specific amount of time to be in an app, and a notification will display when a time limit is about to expire.
Screen Time is great for everyone to better understand and manage their device usage but can be especially helpful for children and families. Parents can access their child’s Activity Report right from their own iPad or iPhone to understand where their child spends their time and can manage and set App Limits for them.
Screen Time also gives parents the ability to schedule a block of time to limit when their child’s iOS device can’t be used, such as at bedtime. During Downtime, notifications from apps won’t be displayed, and a badge will appear on apps to indicate they are not allowed to be used. Parents can choose specific apps like Phone or Books that will always be available, even during downtime or after a limit is spent.
Screen Time is account-based and works across all of a child’s iOS devices, so settings, reports and allowances are based on their total usage. Screen Time works with Family Sharing and is quick and easy to set up. Parents can configure Screen Time settings remotely for their child within the same Family Sharing group or locally on a child’s device.
Most importantly of all, the new Screen Time features enable us all to better educate ourselves and our children about the ways we are using our time, the best ways to use our time, and to ensure we all achieve the right balance for ourselves and our family. As such, even if you do not want to restrict or place limits on your child’s iPad usage, it is still worth setting up Screen Time so you and your children can reflect on your device usage.
To learn more about Screen Time, click here.
Director of Technology Innovation