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June 21

Tips & Tricks ๐Ÿ˜‰ for Managing Children’s ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘ฆ Screen Time ๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ’ป

By Quantum Space

June 21, 2021


It’s no secret that many parents are worried about how much time their children spend looking at screens. Many parents have experienced the dilemma of the too-busy-to-do or too-tired-to-play situations with their children.

So how is it possible to make sure that your children are not spending too much time on screen (TV, video games, and other electronic devices) and/or monitor what exactly your children are watching or doing online?

Challenges parents face with managing screen time

It has become increasingly important to monitor the way children interact with screen time because it has an impact on their physical health and well-being. The topic of managing screen time comes up often because parents need help finding a balance between using technology in moderation and not being addicted to it.

There are many challenges that parents face with managing their children’s screen time, however, the two key challenges are: 

  • The physical effects on the child 

    Children who have spent too long staring at a screen may suffer from eye strain, headaches, poor cognition and other problems related to excessive media exposure. A simple way to avoid this is to encourage your child to take breaks from being on devices and play outside to get fresh air and also to stay healthy.
  • The moral implications of screen time 

    Some parents worry about their children becoming too lazy or addicted to screens. You can help your child stay active and fit by encouraging early morning exercises or helping around the house with chores that can keep them occupied and not think of going back to playing video games or watching their favourite show on hours end.

    So, how can you control screen time on Apple and Android devices? 

    Every parent is faced with the challenge of balancing screen time with daily life. It can be difficult to know when enough is enough, and how much screen time is too much. 

    Apple Devices

    If you are using Family Sharing to manage your childโ€™s account:
  1. Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.
  2. Scroll down and choose your child’s name under Family. 
  3. Tap Turn on Screen Time, then tap Continue. 
  4. Set up Downtime, App Limits, and Content & Privacy with the limitations that you want for your child, or tap Not Now. 
  5. Tap Use Screen Time Passcode, then enter a passcode when prompted. Re-enter the passcode to confirm. 
  6. Enter your Apple ID and password. This can be used to reset your Screen Time passcode if you forget it. 

    If you do not wish to give your child their own Apple ID and would instead like to set up Screen Time directly on the device your child will use, here’s how you can do that:
  1. Make sure that you are on the device used by your child.
  2. Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.
  3. Tap Turn on Screen Time, then tap Continue. 
  4. Tap This is My Child’s [device].
  5. Set up Downtime, App Limits, and Content & Privacy with the limitations that you want for your child, or tap Not Now. 
  6. Tap Use Screen Time Passcode, then enter a passcode when prompted. Re-enter the passcode to confirm. Your child’s device will require this passcode in order to allow for more time or to change any Screen Time settings.
  7. Enter your Apple ID and password. This can be used to reset your Screen Time passcode if you forget it.

    For further support with your setup, please go to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208982 

    Android Devices
  1. To track screen time, go to Settings > Digital Wellbeing & parental controls > Menu > Manage your data > Toggle on Daily device usage.
  2. To set app timers, open Digital Wellbeing & parental controls > Dashboard > Select app > Tap hourglass icon > Set a time limit > OK.
  3. To set up Bedtime mode, select based on schedule or while charging at bedtime and input your sleep and wake times.

    For further support with your setup, please go to https://support.google.com/android/answer/9346420?hl=en 

    Software that can help secure your childโ€™s devices and monitor their online activity
  1. Family Time

    This is your ultimate parenting aid that will keep you posted on your childrenโ€™s whereabouts and let you manage screen time and block Apps on their phones with just a tap.

    Key Features:
  • Manage the time your child spends on iPhone, iPad and Android Devices (Time Limits, BedTime, Homework Time).
  • Control what websites, images, videos, and other content your child can access on the internet (Web Filter, Safe Search).
  • Track your childโ€™s whereabouts and instantly know when they visit suspicious places (Geo-fence Places, Family Locator, Location Tracking).
  1. Qustodio

    This is designed to supervise, manage, and protect your child’s device use on the go.

    Key Features:
  • See – with the online dashboard and Parents’ App you will be able to see how your child uses devices, apps, and the web.
  • Manage – easily set healthy limits to manage your childโ€™s online experience without the drama.
  • Smile – powerful filtering technology is automatically enabled to protect your child from harmful content.
  1. KidLogger 

    This is a parental control software compatible with the most used operating system in the world. Useful and free App to help you get to know what your child is doing on a computer or smartphone.

    Key Features:

    Find out
  • How long has your child been working on the PC.
  • Which apps were used (Android, Windows, MAC).
  • Which websites were visited (Android, Windows, MAC.
  • With whom he or she communicated (phone, SMS, Skype, Facebook) on Android phone.
  1. Kaspersky Safe Kids

    This is designed to help you protect your child online and beyond

    Key Features:
  • Manage your childโ€™s screen time.
  • View your childโ€™s location & battery level.
  • Block bad YouTube search requests. 

    In todayโ€™s world of technology, where screens have become a necessity, whether for phones, computers or televisions, we hope our blog will serve a good purpose in helping parents in monitoring and managing the screen time of their children. 

    โ€œThe key is to teach them how to be safe with technology, because ultimately, we want our children to be in charge of technology, rather than feeling technology is in charge of them.โ€ – Elaine Halligan

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