Screen Time: Apple Releases New Parental Control Tools

Screen Time, a new feature of iOS 12,  can inform parents how much time they and their kids spend on apps, websites, and more on their iPads and other Apple devices. Parents can make more informed decisions about how their children use their devices and set limits if they’d like. Click here to learn how to turn on Screen Time, view reports, set limits, and manage a child’s iPad.

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    • Chris W on November 16, 2018 at 9:09 am
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    Is there a way that parents can set up the school issued ipads to the parent controls? I would love to know how much of my students’ screen time is being devoted to school work versus surfing and playing games. I think as a collective this would be fantastic data for the school district as well. Are we setting our children up to really be 21st century learners or are we just handing them a device with hundreds of distractions?

    1. Yes, parents can set up parental controls with the Screen Time settings on their child’s school-issued iPad. Just by turning on Screen Time you and your child can see how much time is spent in various apps. You can also dig a little deeper into browsing history to get an idea of how much time is spent on curricular sites vs. non-curricular sites. Other Screen Time settings will let you set limits on when the device is unavailable (at bedtime, for example) and how much time is allowed per day for social media apps, gaming apps, etc. The links and the video in the article will show you how to set up Screen Time, but please reach out to your school if you would like additional assistance. Thanks!

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