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Are You Using Screen Time on iOS?

These children have such easy access to the internet nowadays and managing screen time is important now more than ever. I hadn’t really taken a GOOD look at all of the benefits Family Sharing has to offer within iOS 12 until a few days ago and seriously, screen time is a game changer! I’m not a perfect parent so my children do get screen time (some days way more than others) so having the peace of mind that I can control what they’re accessing, and for how long is an amazing plus for me. If not, my four year old will play Roblox ALL DAY.

Screen Time offers amazing benefits for anyone who wants insights on how they’re utilizing their device. But it’s especially great for families.

Some of the great features I discovered:

Activity Reports – These give you a detailed look at all of the app usage, notifications and device pickups.

App Limits – Because after you see all the usage, you’re going to need it. You can set daily limits for app categories such as Social Networking, Games or Productivity.

Downtime – Downtime disallows all app usage with the exception of phone calls and apps that you choose to allow. It’s essentially like a nap time for your phone.

And when you set up screen time limits for a child their are tons of other great features as well (“Ask for More Time”, restricted usage on certain apps, and extensive parental controls).

I definitely have not been taking full of all the benefits Screen Time has to offer but I definitely will be now! Check out this video below as I walk you through a brief set up of screen time on a new “child’s” device.

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    February 5, 2019 at 11:03 am

    You know, I have this feature and I think it was automatically set up. I do think it’s cool that you can get an idea of how long you are actually using your phone.

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    Leslie H
    February 5, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Neat features indeed. I have found when my daughter (now in 2nd) was pre school age this was much more of a concern because she just had more disposable time. I will still set this up though !

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    February 5, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    It pops up on my screen and tells me. Sometimes I look at the full run down. I like the update.

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    February 5, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I love using this feature on my iPhone. It’s definitely great for the kiddos too.

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    February 11, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Since my last phone update, I’ve been trying to keep track of my screen time. My daughters are ten and they make jokes about me being in front of a screen way too much.

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