How to Set Up Screen Time and Configure It for Your Family

How to Set Up Screen Time and Configure It for Your Family

Screen Time is a simple way to help adults and children overcome their phone addiction. It gives you daily and weekly reports on how much time you spend on your phone, broken down by category and even app. Screen Time also allows you to set a time limit for how long you can use a specific app in a 24-hour period. You will have access to only a few (or no) apps during your scheduled Downtime period, which you can change day by day. Screen Time, when combined with Apple’s Family Sharing, can be a valuable, highly customizable resource for the entire family. This eHow To teaches you how to set it up and customise it to meet the needs of your family.

Method 1 Setting Up Your Own Screen Time

1. Take a look at your own screen habits. Adults spend an astounding 11 hours per day interacting with screens, according to a Nielsen report from 2018. Nearly 4 hours of that time is spent on a digital device such as a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. According to Scripps Health, spending too much time with devices can have physical and mental consequences ranging from headaches and eyestrain to weight gain and difficulty sleeping. Experts are hesitant to issue hard rules for adults, but it’s clear that constantly checking your work email or scrolling through social media while lying in bed isn’t a good idea. Screen Time makes it simple to set reasonable usage limits for your iPhone or iPad.

2. iOS 12 or later must be installed on your iPhone or iPad. Screen Time isn’t available on earlier operating systems, so if you aren’t already on iOS 12, the first step is to update your device. While your iPhone or iPad is connected to Wi-Fi, go to Settings, General, and then Software Update. If an update is available, select Download and Install and then follow the on-screen directions.

3. Time to open the screen. To begin, go to the Settings app and select Screen Time. You will be taken to a screen where you can view your total screen time in the previous day and week, as well as which apps you used and for how long.

4. Set app usage limits. Screen Time is completely customizable, allowing you to set the boundaries that work best for you. Tap Add Limit on any individual app or category. This will bring up a new screen where you can enter the number of hours and/or minutes you can use that app in a 24-hour period. You can also select Customize Days to specify different limits for each day of the week. When your time is almost up, a warning popup will appear, allowing you to extend your time limit if desired.

5. Set the Downtime period. Downtime forces the shutdown of time-wasting apps whenever you need to be distracted, such as before bed, during meetings, or during study periods. Tap Downtime on the main Screen Time screen, and then toggle the slider switch to On (green). The clock next to “Start” allows you to specify when your Downtime will begin, and the clock next to “End” allows you to specify when it will end.

Downtime disables all apps except Phone, Messages, and FaceTime by default. This can be changed from the main Screen Time screen. Tap Always Allowed to see a list of your apps with a plus (+) or minus (-) sign next to their names. Tap the plus sign to enable Downtime access, or the minus sign to disable it.

Method 2 Configuring Screen Time for Your Children

1. Improve your screen-time habits. A great deal of research has been conducted on the amount of time children spend in front of screens. Experts agree that digital media is an important part of modern life, and that growing up as a “digital native” has clear advantages. Too much screen time, on the other hand, is unhealthy, as it takes time away from physical activity, unstructured play, studying, and even sleeping. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that you moderate your children’s digital habits by following the following guidelines:

Other than video chatting with friends or relatives, children under the age of 18 months should not use screen media.

Children between the ages of 18 and 24 months may benefit from limited exposure to high-quality digital media, but parents should remain involved at all times.

Limit screen time to one hour per day for children aged 2 to 5. Select age-appropriate, high-quality media to watch or play with your child.

Balance and moderation are more important than strict time limits for children aged 6 and up. Create a media plan as a family that balances screen time with homework, extracurricular activities, family time, sleep, and other aspects of childhood.

Set aside times and places that are completely screen-free. For example, you could prohibit the use of electronic devices during meals and in bedrooms.

2. iOS 12 should be installed on the child’s phone or tablet. Screen Time isn’t available on earlier operating systems, so the first step is to update your child’s phone or tablet to iOS 12 if it isn’t already. While your iPhone or iPad is connected to Wi-Fi, go to Settings, General, and then Software Update. If an update is available, select Download and Install and then follow the on-screen directions.

3. Turn on Family Sharing on your iPhone or iPad. Family sharing allows you to share your Screen Time app, as well as purchases from the App Store and other features, with up to six family members. Simply open the Settings app and then select Set Up Family Sharing. Follow the on-screen instructions, making sure to share Screen Time.

4. Allow your child to use a screen. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings, then Screen Time. Scroll down to the “Family” section and tap the name of the child. You can set Screen Time for each child individually.

The app will guide you through the installation process. Set a Downtime period for the child first, and then create a passcode. Choose something that is simple for you to remember but difficult for the child to guess. The passcode is used to change Downtime and App Limit settings, as well as to temporarily override App Limits.

Finally, the app will ask you to configure App Limits based on categories. You can change them after the setup is complete.

After you’ve completed the setup, you can view your child’s daily and weekly Screen Time reports to see how much time he or she spends on the phone and which apps are most frequently used.

5. Always Allow apps should be enabled. During Downtime, Phone, Messages, and FaceTime are all enabled by default. To change this, go to the child’s Screen Time screen on your own iPhone or iPad and tap Always Allowed. To disable Messages and FaceTime during Downtime, tap the minus sign (-) next to them. If you want the child to have access to more apps, tap the plus sign (+) next to the name of each app.

6. Set content and privacy constraints. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions on your phone’s Screen Time screen for your child. You will see a list of features that you may or may not want your child to have access to, such as in-app purchases, specific App Store content, such as movies with specific ratings, and multiplayer games. Tap through each menu to select which features you want to enable or disable.

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