Screen Time

How to limit your child's communication with Screen Time

Screen Time iOS 13

Being able to track and limit your own iPhone usage is a great feature, but Apple's Screen Time lacks the right tools for parents to properly manage their children's usage. Instead of extending Screen Time to third-party apps so parents can set limits for individual apps, Apple has added "Communication Limits" in iOS 13. Parents can now control who their children can communicate with on their iOS device.

How to set Screen Time limits on individual apps on iPhone

How to use Screen Time limits on individual apps on iPhone and iPad.

Apple's Screen Time feature, which debuted with iOS 12, allows the user to set time limits on how long apps can be used, which is great if you have kids that use your phone incessantly, and useful as a reminder for yourself to focus on something other than your iPhone. The Screen Time App Limits section lets you add limits by categories such as "Games," "Entertainment," "Social Networking" and so on.

How to limit Fortnite and other apps on the iPhone and iPad

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Apple really dropped the ball with its Screen Time feature. Instead of allowing users to limit time spent using an individual app or game, Screen Time only allows users to set daily time limits for app categories. This means parents can't limit how long their children play Fortnite or use Snapchat.

While Screen Time is very useful for monitoring how much you use your iPhone or iPad, it is pretty useless where it should have counted mos. Screen Time should have given iOS users the ability to limit time spent on individual apps/games, and the ability to set specific times when apps could be accessed, like after school hours. What's the point of knowing your screen time breakdown if you can't do much with that knowledge?

How to monitor your child's iPhone/iPad/iPod touch usage

Screen Time

A new tool introduced in iOS 12 called "Screen Time" allows iOS users to monitor their device usage. Screen Time creates detailed daily and weekly Activity Reports that reveal how much time you're using with different apps. The tool was created to "[empower] customers with insight into how they are spending time with apps and websites," according to Apple. The tool also allows parents to monitor and control their children's usage. Here's how:

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