knowledge-base Features Setup/Use Limit Screen Time on iOS Devices

How to Setup/ Use Limit Screen Time on iOS Devices

Follow these very easy instructions to set up Screen Time on your child’s iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch devices:

Step - 1

Log into your FamilyTime web dashboard or open your FamilyTime - Dashboard app.

Step - 2

Select the child profile you want to set up Screen Time and tap Settings.

Step - 3

From the list, select Limit Screen Time under the Parental Control section.

Step - 4

Now tap Add option on the upper-left corner of screen to add a new rule. You can either choose from the three pre-defined rules: Homework Time, Dinner Time or Bed Time or you can define your own custom rule

Step - 5

Define the rule name and enter the start and finish time for the rule and tap Save.

Bonus tips:
  • You can also select the days of the week if you want the rule to repeat.
  • You can add as many rules as you like for each child profile.

Step - 6

Select the apps that you want to allow your children to use and the rest will be blocked during that time. From the section, Allowed Apps, toggle on the apps that you want to allow your kids to use.

Step - 7

You’re all set! As soon as the rule time kicks in, FamilyTime will automatically lock the apps that you’ve selected till the rule time ends. And the best part is the app does it all automatically so you don’t have to do it every time!

How Screen Time Help

You can use this intuitive feature in a variety of ways to make your parenting easier and effective. Here are some of the ways Screen Time can help you:
  • Helps to reduce excessive screen times among children
  • Helps children to get a sound 8-hour sleep at night
  • Helps them to focus on their homework and prepare for their assignments and exams
  • Encourages children to put their mobile devices aside and interact with family in real time
  • Provides a healthy alternative in the form of physical and outdoor activity

Best Practices – Tips to Using Screen Time

iOS Screen Time is an adaptable feature that you can use as it fits your needs. Here are some the useful tips to make the most of this useful feature:
  • Define separate rules for homework time, dinner time and bed time and only enable the apps that help them during those hours. For instance, you can enable apps like Safari during their homework time but block it during their bed time. Blocking distracting apps will help them better concentrate and get things done quicker.
  • Alter rules on weekdays and weekends. You can relax the rules over the weekends and allow them to use apps a little later than the weekday nights. You can even relax the rules as their exam season ends or summer holidays begin. After all, it’s all about flexibility!
  • You can define rules according to your children’s age and their phone usage necessities. This way you can set bed time earlier for younger kids and change accordingly. Homework time can be prolonged during the exams for each child individually.