Welcome to Screen Time!
If you have an iPhone, it is worth updating the latest i0S12, which adds a new function called Screen Time:
Screen Time provides:
Weekly Reports of your children and your use across multiple devices (this requires cloud connection and you will need to have added your child in family sharing).
Downtime which allows you to turn off your device’s functions between set times, for example 7.30pm – 6.00am. During this time the device can still make calls.
Always Allowed function where you can set a list of apps which can still be used during downtime. You can also contextualise this with allowing your child to listen to music but without accessing social media.
App Time limits can be set by category, by app, across devices which are connected via iCloud:
- You can set an overall top time limit for categories i.e. social media and games.
- You can set a time limit targeting an app i.e. Fortnite, Snapchat or YouTube.
Content and Privacy Restrictions – these are like the older Parental controls with a few new additions. This is where you filter content by appropriate age (7+, 12+, no explicit content etc).
You will have to select ‘share across devices’ and have the apple account connected to that device as your child – aka same Apple ID
Downtime is simple to use. Flick the control to show green and select a start and end time.
* your Allowed Apps can still be used – Music and Alarm clock.
The Screen Time function breaks down:
- How many times you pick up your device AND by how many times per hour (aka like Checky).
- The Most Pickup function identifies peak usage and your or child’s daily habits.
- Break down usage by App, Category, Time, Daily average of app use and Day (and last 7 days).
This may help parents contextualise their child’s device usage by time, app and habit.
Screen Time can be analysed by App, website or category and will allow a parent to have a quick overview usage. Parents will easily see if it is appropriate usage or where they need to take action on a particular app AND/OR website.
Time Limit: What happens when you or child reach the time limit? They get a warning 5 minutes before hand – then a screen pop-up shuts off usage! Your child will need to the screen time password to continue on the app.
As a parent, you can be in charge of your child’s digital well-being – if you have an iPhone, Screen Time (or the equivalent on an android) can help you with this increasingly important process.
(Source: Steve Window, ASC CyberBytes, 2018)
Ms Jenny Grant
DIGITAL WELLBEING CHAMPION