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Kids on the iPhone, iPad or Mac too long? Set parental controls with Apple's screen time

Jul 5th 2020, 6:44 am
Posted by clemmieeis
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Getting sucked in? Use Screen Time on your iPhone, iPad or www.ergoplus.it Mac to cut down on how much time you spend on your device. 

Angela Lang/CNET

If the kids refuse to get fresh air or help out around the house because they're glued to their screen, it's time to set some limits. Like you, I've relaxed my rules in response to the difficulties of stay-at-home and quarantine life. But sometimes enough is enough. There has to be some limit to the number of YouTube videos a kid can watch in a single day, right?

Enter Apple's Screen Time feature for iPhoneiPadMac and iPod Touch. It's built-in and tracks and monitors how much time you spend on your devices and can lock you or your kids out of apps after you've reached a set amount of time. You can even block access to your kid's Apple device at a set time each night, preventing them from staying up past their bedtime playing their favorite games under the covers. 

Before you start monitoring a child's device use, I recommend using Screen Time on your own devices to familiarize yourself with the feature. Screen Time is somewhat complex, with many settings and features tucked away in different menus. 

Read more: Best kids tablet for 2020: Amazon Fire, Apple iPad and more compared 

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